SACKVILLE, N.B. – A local man is working to ensure the memory of his granddaughter lives on through helping others.
Sackville resident Eloi Lorette lost his granddaughter Caroline at the age of 14 when she had an allergic reaction to dairy in 2014.
Caroline’s father David, who is Eloi’s son, and mother felt there was no better way to remember their daughter than through the creation of a foundation aimed at continuing her legacy while helping those living with allergies. With this aim in mind, the Sweet Caroline Foundation was created.
“They just wanted to make something positive come out of it,” Eloi said.
The Foundation is dedicated to promoting allergy awareness and offers allergy education programming for schools and organizations, educating the public at wellness fairs and other events, and working toward having epinephrine available in public places. As well, the Foundation awards annual scholarships to students who develop and implement innovative ideas to bring allergy awareness and education to students, adults and the general public.
Eloi is hoping to raise awareness locally about the Foundation and the positive difference it has made – and continues to make – in people’s lives.
Eloi said they are currently working to ensure the Foundation has enough funds to ensure it can continue its work, including offering scholarships, well into the future.
“And now people can make donations at Jones and Campbell’s funeral homes in Sackville and there will be a receipt for their income tax,” he added.
Eloi said knowing the foundation is making a difference in the lives of others has helped his family cope with their terrible loss.
“It’s the only way you’re going to heal, if you can help someone else.”