I am always enamored by the courageous children I meet when I am assigned to a Tiny Light Foundation family. Kathryn is no different. At just 4 years of age, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in June 2008. She has endured many rounds of treatments over the years. In my heart, and I’m sure in her mother’s also, Kathryn is a fighter and a survivor. Here is what Kathryn’s mother, Heather, had to say on her TLF application:
Our daughter Kathryn was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in June 2008. After undergoing an unbelievable amount of treatment 10 months of chemo, surgeries, 2 bone marrow transplants and 12 rounds of radiation she was cancer free. She remained cancer free for 17 months but sadly relapsed in September 2010. She has now undergone 20 rounds of chemo with unknown amounts of treatment ahead. She is an inspiration to all of us. She hates cancer and the treatment but enjoys life to the fullest including going to school as much as treatment permits (usually 2 out of 3 weeks) and takes piano and swimming lessons as well as playing with friends etc. We would love to have some pictures to commemorate this journey and our family.
When I met Kathryn and her family on July 7th, it was a few days before they found out that her last round of treatments were successful! She is a vibrant, sweet girl with a full life ahead of her. She also LOVED posing for my camera! She has a beautiful bond with her brother, Geoff, as you’ll see below. The two of them were full of smiles and playfulness during our time together.
Thank you, Stewart family, for sharing your evening with me. You will be forever in my heart, and I can’t wait to find out what Kathryn will be when she grows up! God bless you all!