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Ill Moscow child surprised with his favorite food

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Any parents of picky eaters out there? Our guess is yes. It’s an issue that is being magnified to the extreme when your child is hospitalized. What if you couldn’t find the one thing your child, fighting for their life, is begging you for? That’s when one mother said help me Hayley.

How does a happy, healthy, three and a half year old little boy going form such carefree moments handle something like this.

It’s the question little Casen’s mother Katie Paulson asks herself every night.

Katie and her family have experienced more worry, stress, and heartbreak in the past few years than most families ever do.

Casen had a seizure. He stopped being able to walk, and his condition went from bad to worse.

By his second day in the hospital, he wasn’t sitting up on his own.

Doctors were unsure what was going on, so they did a battery of tests.

Casen had bruises up and down his arms from blood draws and IV starts.

Because of the various procedures, Casen wasn’t able to eat for hours.
So when he finally could, his parents wanted nothing more than to make him happy.

They wanted to get him food they knew he would consume. Their go to meal was mac n cheese.

Their first attempt was unsuccessful.
They tried ordering from the cafeteria, but the options were more adult-ish.

Katie says she tried again, this time with pediatric wing’s unit food.

 A nurse told Katie that they did have mac n cheese, but that he most likely wasn’t going to like it.
All the unit had was a Lean Cuisine.

Some of the nurses have gone out to the store, using their own money, to buy Kraft mac n cheese for the kids in the unit so that they can have a piece of home during their stay.

Katie asked Hayley for help.

Staff at Sacred Heart confirm that this has been an issue, but one that will now quickly be resolved.

Hayley received this statement saying, "Every day, our cafeteria makes homemade macaroni and cheese from scratch for patients. It’s available on both the adult and children’s menu. This is the real stuff with real cheese, real milk, and even a buttery breadcrumb topping. Outside of normal meal times, there is a limited menu available. Traditionally, individual servings of Kraft macaroni and cheese have been included on the limited menu. However, we were temporarily unable to stock Kraft and had to switch to Lean Cuisine. It was a temporary situation and we’ve resolved availability issues with our supplier. Very soon our supply of good old Kraft mac & cheese will return. Unfortunately it wasn’t quickly enough for this kiddo."

While that’s great for the kids needing care at Sacred Heart, Hayley wanted to do something extra for Casen, and so did Kraft. 

After hearing about Casen, they sent us all thins mac n cheese so that Casen could have all the strength he needs to keep fighting.

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