Catherine cooks in her toy kitchen


Photograph by Stephanie McAbee (2019)

Whether she’s cheering on the University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball team, taking orders and “cooking” meals in her play kitchen, or running through the park with her younger brother, Catherine’s strong, sassy, southern-girl spirit is undeniable. This seven-year-old has been a fighter since day one.

Her best friend is her five-year-old brother, Conor. She is his biggest cheerleader, and they love to spend time playing and using their imagination. They create new feasts in their play kitchen to serve to their family and any visitors that drop by their imaginary “new house.”

When she’s not at home playing with her brother, Catherine is at school. Her favorite subject is art. While only in first grade, somehow it seems every child in the school knows her regardless of what grade they are in!

Catherine was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. At the age of two, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She battled this with her trademark strength and sass. August 18, 2019 will mark three years of Catherine being cancer free!

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