Pediatric brain cancer is a parent’s worst nightmare and very little is known about it. Due to a lack of commercial funding and studies, researchers have not made many insights into the disease. Unfortunately, until we dedicate more funds than just private grants, it will continue to devastate the families pediatric brain cancer affects.
This story came to us and we had to let you know the story of Katherine King, a seven-year-old girl, who was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer, which was located on her brainstem and deemed inoperable. She was given just nine months to live. Her story of courage and love will touch your heart and justify her name – Katherine The Brave.
When she was diagnosed out of nowhere with an inoperable tumor, the little one was given only a few months to live.
Like most little kids, she loved nothing more than dressing up and playing with her favorite toys.
At the time of her crushing diagnosis, there was still so much she hadn’t done.
That simple fact tore her loved ones to pieces.
This was the last photograph that was uploaded before diagnosis.
“You should have been able to go to high school,” her aunt writes.
This is the day of diagnosis.
Katherine King should’ve been able to find love.
She should’ve been able to get married and have the full life she deserved.
Instead, it was all cut short.
Rather than having all of her dreams come true, her life became a waking nightmare.
Taisce compared her niece’s experience to an hourglass that lost more and more sand each day.
With the time she had left, Katherine raised awareness for the sorry state of pediatric brain cancer research alongside her family members.
She raised money for charity.
And because she was wise beyond her years, she put the well-being of others before her own in the face of personal tragedy.
She just wanted everyone to smile.
Katherine King faced these struggles with as much joy as she could muster.
In her aunt’s words, she was kind when she “could’ve lashed out.”
“You were brave even though you had every reason to be afraid,” Taisce writes.
“You were strong even though you were allowed to be weak.”
While the little girl slipped away, she put on a brave face for the people who loved her most.
In that way, she was utterly selfless.
Everyone who met her fell in love.
And everyone felt comfortable in her presence.
In Taisce’s words, “Your tumor made you a prisoner inside your own body.”
“You couldn’t sing, you couldn’t dance, and you couldn’t tell your family that you loved them.”
The worst part for those around her was watching such a bright spirit lose her will to enjoy the things that once brought her so much happiness.
Her energy wore thin as she approached the end.
When they knew it was Katherine’s time to go, they told her it was okay to be at peace.
“You will be missed by so many people,” her aunt writes.
“You were loved by more people than you’ll ever realize.”
She will live on forever in the hearts of those who had to say their tearful goodbyes.
To learn more about Katherine’s journey and the work her family is doing to raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Cancer, you can check out their Facebook page here.
If you want to donate to, you can make contributions to the McKenna Claire Foundation to raise awareness and provide grants to research Pediatric Brain Cancer.