Teacher's kind letter brings mother of son with food allergies to tears

Five-year-old Cayden.
Five-year-old Cayden. Photo: The Mighty/Shannon Miskimen

A mother has been brought to tears by the kindness of her son's kindergarten teacher.

Five-year-old Cayden, who has severe food allergies, is always left out from parties and "food-based" activities. But when it came time for the end of year "holiday party" as school, his teacher had a better idea.

Emailing Cayden's mum, Shannon Miskimen, the teacher said she wanted to throw a party where everything is "Cayden friendly."

Sharing her story on The Mighty, Shannon wrote: "When I read it, I started to cry."

Cayden has a food allergy known as Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES); symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, and dehydration. 

"Currently he has 12 known food allergies and can be allergic to any food he's never had before," wrote Shannon.

"No test exists to see what he's allergic to, other than feeding him something new and seeing if he gets sick."

Shannon says she became used to sending along extra treats for her son, so he doesn't miss out altogether. She expected this party would be the same, that is, until Cayden's teacher contacted her saying they would provide foods only Cayden can eat.

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"Mrs. Sheats and I are going to go out and buy Mott's 100% apple juice original, Lucky Charms, Armour Vienna Sausage original, sugar free jello strawberry cups, and classic Lays potato chips (yellow bag)," the teacher wrote.

"I would like for a day where Cayden won't have to worry about what other people have and where he can have everything.

"If you see something that would not work please let me know!! I tried to go by what you brought to class for him and what was on the list of approved foods. You are more than welcome to pop by tomorrow or Friday or both to ensure that everything we have is approved."

The teacher wrote to the other parents informing them that all food would be provided due to allergies.

"The party was a complete success," wrote Shannon.

"Cayden was able to eat everything without fear, and this mum was crying happy tears at the generosity and care of my son's teacher.