"It happened on a pleasantly warm, easy summer day. I had been preparing to go to my favorite camp as a volunteer camp counselor. A simple call from a doctor's office that was supposed to bring good news--changed my life. Twelve days later, on July 14, 2008, at the age of thirteen, I was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma cancer."
After 2 years of exhausting chemotherapy and radiation treatment Caitlin is remission. Cancer changed her life and continues to shaper her. During her battle, she "met a lot of awesome kids that had cancer" which led to her decision to get a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies to allow her to work with special needs children. Kids 4 Kids was thrilled to grant her a $2500 scholarship!
"The word" tumor" is a powerful word as far words go. It began with headaches and double vision, then progressed to facial numbness on my left side. Dealing with this during my senior year in high school has been a challenge to say the least. I try to meet every day and every person with liveliness and warmth, not just in spite of the tumor, but because of it.
I don't think most people would blame me if I were bitter and resentful, but I hold myself to higher standard and instead find in my struggle a source of compassion for other people. I am not a victim, and in some ways neither are people with more severe issues; especially not when they have such strong hearts and minds."
Kids 4 Kids is honored to have helped fund Abigail in her studies and help spread her positive message to other cancer survivors.