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Cubs Hosting Peanut-Free Zone For Kids

There are some people for whom an allergy to peanuts is so severe that they can’t be in the same room with them, much less eat them.

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This, as you can imagine, prevents kids with peanut allergies from going to most baseball games, as peanuts are a traditional baseball snack and the shells and dust are everywhere at ballparks.

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Next week, the Cubs will be doing something for some peanut-allergic kids, hosting them in the CF Batter’s Eye suite for the Monday's game against the Pirates:

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Club officials announced that for Monday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the centerfield Batter’s Eye skybox will be a peanut-free zone reserved for those with allergies.

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“It’s a school night, it’s a night game and we don’t care. We’re going to be there,” said Joyce Davis. “For her to go and not worry, it’ll be a tremendous relief.”

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John Rudnicki and his mother, Kelly, can’t wait to go either.

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“It’s our birthday present to him,” said Kelly Rudnicki, a blogger and author on food allergies who has written two books, including The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book.

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Rudnicki, a mother of five, sees the game as a chance for her oldest son to not only safely enjoy one of his passions, but as a way for him to spend time around other young people dealing with the same allergy.

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Good for the Cubs; hopefully, other teams will help out young baseball fans with peanut allergies, so they can cheer on their favorite team in person.