Ten year old Caitlin Cawte, from Cosham, has been rewarded for her bravery in the face of adversity in her quest to raise awareness for people with anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction. Caitlin has been chosen to open Europe’s largest public show, ‘Allergy and Free From’, a show aimed at those who have allergic reactions.
Caitlin was selected to open the show after getting in touch with the shows organisers in regard to the requirement for more focus nationally for young people with allergies. Caitlin herself has anaphylaxis, and has to constantly carry preventable medication. Caitlin submitted designs for an allergy friendly playzone, catching the eye of Event Director Tom Treverton, who then decided to honour her bravery and ability to raise awareness by having her open the show. Caitlin’s desire to help others may be seen in her recent move to donate her hair to the ‘Little Princess’ trust; with the aim it may be used as wigs for those with alopecia or cancer. Caitlin also plans to repeat her cycle ride of 15 miles that she undertook last year at the young age of 9.
Caitlin’s enthusiasm for change may be inspirational to other people who have an allergy. Event Director Tom Treverton said of Caitlin, ‘Caitlin’s courage in dealing with her condition in [far from letting] it affect her life and turning it into something that she may use positively to help others, make her a genuine inspiration. Caitlin is why our show exists; her story must be heard and allergy awareness and healthcare must improve’.
Anaphylaxis affects more than one body system within the person, and symptoms may occur almost immediately.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign operates for people most likely to have allergy challenges, aiming to create a safe environment for people with allergies by educating certain areas, such as schools, colleges and the food industry. Lynne Regent, CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, said ‘it’s great to see someone as young as Caitlin being so proactive about severe allergy – both raising awareness for others and being so comfortable in managing her own condition. It’s really important for young people especially to be aware and learn how to cope with their condition.
Certainly Caitlin may be seen to be an inspiration to many people who have an allergy as she continues with her life persevering in the face of resistance. Caitlin’s resistance in the face of anaphylaxis is one that has been significantly marked by rewarding her with the opportunity to open the ‘Allergy and Free From’ Show. More information on Caitlin and possible donations can be made on www.justgiving.com/caitlin-cawte.
How do campaigns such as Caitlin’s support medical conditions in a productive light?