WAXHAW, NC (WBTV) - Five days after Kate Zidanic turned five, she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. That's the picture on the left.
Today she's 9 years old and doing well, living in Waxhaw with her parents and 14-year-old brother.
"I read all your posts to provide awareness," said her mom Cindy. "Some of the kids we know, others we don't. As a mom, I relate to every story. Kate is doing great, but I don't know if I will ever be able to read about her or say what happened without tearing up. It put...s life in perspective."
When Kate was in the middle of fighting tough, she had a FB page called "Kick it for Kate" (here >> http://tinyurl.com/pvspdkj).
Camp CARE is fabulous. It lets kids with cancer go to Lake Lure for one week with a sibling, for no cost to the family. The Camp is having a 5k on September 12th.
I'm emceeing and will be there. More on 5k >> http://campcare.org
"Kate doesn't mind telling her story," Cindy said. "And as impossible as the statement 'Your child has cancer' is to hear, I think it's important to share stories of hope with positive results, as much as it's important to share that it doesn't always work out that way."
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness (ACTION) Month. Do what you can -- there are tons of fundraisers. I mentioned a tailgate party in yesterday's post, a 5k in this one and a different event tomorrow.
At the bare minimum, feel free to share Kate's story. Feel free to share all the stories of the kids being featured everyday this month.
Plenty of opportunities to help.
Keep inspiring, Kate. You're beautiful.