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For Sweet Caroline

Annual Rothesay run returns on Saturday

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 3, 2017

ROTHESAY, N.B. – When Caroline Lorette was young, she loved the Neil Diamond song, “Sweet Caroline,” assuming it was written just for her.
Now, three years after her death, something more important than a song carries on her memory.
It was on July 9, 2014 when Caroline died from an anaphylactic reaction. She was just nine days past her 14th birthday.
“Caroline had many food allergies, yet she never let it hold her back,” said her father, David Lorette. “After her death, we had wonderful support from our community, so much that I thought that we needed to help get the word out about how serious food allergies can be.”
They created the Sweet Caroline Foundation, which has since helped raise awareness about allergies and anaphylaxis, and has helped train thousands of people on how to use an Epipen device.

Caroline Lorette is shown here on here on her last run before her tragic death at the age of 14 in July of 2014, due to an anaphylactic reaction. The annual Sweet Caroline Run has since taken place in Rothesay, N.B. every year since in her memory, and will happen this year on Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at Rothesay High School.

Photo courtesy of David Lorette

“We have teams of volunteers who go into schools and teach the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and each student has the opportunity to use an Epipen training device,” said Lorette. “We also award scholarships each year to students who help raise awareness.”
A sweet, bubbly teenager, Caroline was very active in sports. She had earned a spot on the New Brunswick Highland Dance Team less than two months before her death, she played competitive soccer, and she trained in competitive sprint kayaking, with a goal of making it to the Canada Games.
She had also developed a love for running, and had started to run races.
“After Caroline died, we felt we had to do something to help raise awareness and, if possible, prevent another death,” said her father. “Caroline loved to run, so what better way to raise awareness than host a run?”
With help from good friend and local runner Alex Coffin, the annual Sweet Caroline Run was created in Rothesay, and the fourth annual event will take place this year on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Offered are two routes: a 2.5K for those who are new to running or just want to come out and show their support, and a 10K that takes place along the beautiful Kennebecasis River and the beautiful fall foliage.
The run is the foundation’s primary fundraiser, and raises awareness in the community for the cause, as participants wear Caroline’s favourite colour, purple. Another goal of the event is for everyone to enjoy themselves, and keep Caroline’s spirit and memory at the forefront, according to Lorette, who is expecting between 400-500 participants.
“We have been surrounded by love and support in our community since that tragic day in July 2014,” he said. “This is definitely the day when we feel it most.”
For more on the Sweet Caroline Run, visit here .