Wish granted for boy with severe food allergy

Chris hadn't stepped inside his favorite restaurant since he was 2 years old. But on April 12, 2017, that all changed.

TOMBALL, Texas -- Six-year-old Christopher Cataldo hasn't tasted much in his short life. Ninety percent of the food on the planet makes him sick. Doctors only allow him to eat seven foods.

One of those foods is Chick-fil-A waffle fries.

"It makes him feel like a normal kid," said Kellie Cataldo, Chris' mom.

But believe it or not, Chris hasn't stepped inside his favorite restaurant since he was 2 years old. His condition weakens his immune system. It's not safe for him to be around large crowds.

"He associates it's his place," Cataldo said. "Not that he can come eat at this place, but we go through the drive through one to two times a day."

On Wednesday, just a day before Houston's newest location at 12935 Tomball Parkway opened, that all changed.

Chick-fil-A franchisee owner Brad Munson made Chris' dream come true, name tag and all. For a few hours, Chris became owner of his favorite restaurant.

"He talks about owning a Chick-fil-A one day so he can go inside and eat inside," Cataldo said. "So this is a dream that's coming true, just to be able to come in even for an hour or two, just to experience it."

And Chris experienced it all. He toured his new fast food joint, played in the playground, took orders at the counter, cooked up his own fries, even operated a drive-thru before sitting down to taste one of the seven foods he's ever savored in his life.

"Yeah, yummy, thumbs up," Chris said.

Chris' mom watched her son enjoy every moment.

"It means the world," Cataldo said. "I couldn't have asked for a better gift today for him."

It was just under two hours that mom is convinced will change her son's life forever.

"He will relive in his mind this day everyday," Cataldo said.

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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