Blooms to Brews strives to give back to the community. This year, the event will benefit PKU Northwest.

The PKU Northwest Alliance is a non-profit 501c(3) organization formed in 2003 by a group of motivated parents who wanted to connect with other families living with Phenylketonuria (PKU) and the allied metabolic disorders. Our mission is to create a supportive community for PKU families, promote healthy living choices and offer resources to help manage the PKU diet.

PKU is a rare inherited disorder that is caused by a defect in the gene that helps create the enzyme needed to break down protein.

Without the enzyme necessary to process protein, a dangerous buildup can develop when a person with PKU eats foods that contain protein or eats aspartame, an artificial sweetener. This can eventually lead to serious health problems.

For the rest of their lives, people with PKU — babies, children and adults — need to follow a diet that limits foods that contain protein.

Babies in the United States and many other countries are screened for PKU soon after birth. Recognizing PKU right away can help prevent major health problems.

A major component of the work done by PKU Northwest is organizing an annual family-oriented camp that offers the PKU community an opportunity to come together for a relaxing weekend of fun in the high desert of Oregon.  Our camp includes cooking workshops, support and networking opportunities, and speakers who discuss the latest medical breakthroughs related to this rare metabolic disorder. The camp continues to grow year after year, offering something for every age group.

The funds raised will go to PKU Northwest to be used as scholarships for camp!