An adorable 4-year-old preschooler from St. Catherine of Alexandria School will be handing out free pops and other allergy-free snacks this Friday.
Catherine Hedderman lives with life-threatening food allergies to milk, egg, wheat and beef. Catherine and her parents, family and friends will be distributing allergy-free snacks to raise awareness and hopefully some donations for Food Allergy Research and Education.
“Our goal is to raise awareness of food allergies and showcase the importance of information and inclusion of those that live with food allergies,” Catherine’s mom, Courtney, said.
Aside from food allergies, Catherine is an active girl, who is busy preparing for the FARE Food Allergy Walk in September, when the Hedderman team, “Crusin’ for Catherine,” will participate in a three-mile walk around Lincoln Park Zoo.
FARE works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom.
While the Hedderman family is passing out complimentary treats, donations are encouraged. All proceeds received will go toward FARE and the food allergy walk.
It also appears that Patch and Catherine have met before, when we snapped a pic of her cool eye ware at Oak Lawn’s Fourth of July Parade.
Stop by 10808 S. Kenneth Ave. if you’re in the neighborhood. Freeze Pops and allergy free snacks will be distributed afterschool between 4 and 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23.