Molly's Kids (Sept 7): Waxhaw girl beats leukemia

Molly's Kids (Sept 7): Waxhaw girl beats leukemia

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 >>

Now that she's NED (No Evidence of Disease), that page focuses more on helping Levine Children's Hospital and Camp Care (Cancer Ain't Really the End).

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 >>

"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."

Kate also shared herself on See that video here >>

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.


**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids in the month of September, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, she features one a day. Thirty total.  Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**