Annual run promotes allergy awareness

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On October 12, over 700 runners dressed head-to-toe in purple will gather in front of Rothesay High School for the sixth annual Sweet Caroline Run.

Katherine Lorette, covered in purple, leading the Sweet Caroline Run of 2014. (Sweet Caroline Foundation/Facebook)

The run is held every Thanksgiving weekend, with all the funds going towards the Sweet Caroline Foundation; a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting allergy and anaphylaxis awareness in memory of Caroline Lorette.

What is the Sweet Caroline Foundation?

Caroline passed away in the summer of 2014 from an allergic reaction – a video detailing her life and experience with allergies called “Caroline’s Story” can be found on their Facebook page.

In the years that the Sweet Caroline Foundation has been around, they have been extremely busy trying to better the community’s understanding of allergies.

The Sweet Caroline Foundation uses purple, Caroline’s favourite colour, in all of their events. (Sweet Caroline Foundation/ Facebook)

Their projects include, but are not limited to, training local businesses on how to use an EpiPen, travelling to surrounding schools to educate about allergies and anaphylaxis, and organizing events to promote awareness.

Katherine Lorette, a student at UNB Fredericton, says that “the atmosphere [of the run] is very welcoming and fun, the entire community is there, and everyone is so supportive and kind.”

Why should you participate in the run?

According to Food Allergy Canada, more than 2.6 million Canadians have food allergies and there is currently no safe way to determine if someone’s reaction would be anaphylactic.

Anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis, is a serious allergic reaction which can result in death without immediate intervention.

Even miniscule amounts of an allergen can trigger anaphylaxis so being educated in administering Epinephrine, usually in the form of an EpiPen, can save lives.

UNBSJ now has several EpiPen locations on campus. To inject an EpiPen, you simply remove the blue safety cap, place the orange tip against the person’s outer thigh, pushing it in until it clicks, and hold firmly for three seconds.

An easy way to remember how to place one is: “blue to the sky, orange to the thigh”. After administering the injection, an ambulance should be called so that the person may be taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

As for the future of the Sweet Caroline Foundation, Lorette hopes “that [their] video, Caroline’s story, is shown in schools all over Canada and that eventually, people just know of the Sweet Caroline Foundation.”

If you would like to participate in the 6th annual Sweet Caroline run, you can sign up online or register before 10:00am at Rothesay High School on October 12th.

For more information on how to be more allergy aware, email sfifield@unb.ca or visit the Sweet Caroline Foundation’s Facebook page.