Kathryn's Krop 4 a Kure will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 29, with funds going toward neuroblastoma research.

Fifteen-year-old Kathryn Stewart was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma when she was five years old.

Over the years, she has endured more than 20 surgeries, as well as numerous rounds of immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation, metaiodobenzylguanidine radiotherapy treatments, a bone marrow transplant and a number of clinical trials.

“I don’t remember life without cancer,” she said. “I don’t remember not having to go to the hospital to have scans. I have a port and I don’t remember not having a port. This is my life.”

While Kathryn has spent less time in the hospital this summer, she continues to visit SickKids for monthly checkups and says she is waiting for a potential new clinical trial to begin.

“SickKids is like a second home to me,” Kathryn said. “You don’t want to have to go there, but when you do, it’s an amazing place to be.”

The Grade 10 Georgetown District High School student has been finding ways to give back to SickKids for years, from holding fundraisers to raise money for neuroblastoma research, to being a SickKids patient ambassador, participating in speaking engagements and other events.

“It’s a great way to give back,” she said. “I can speak and raise awareness and also raise funds. It’s also a great way to meet people and kind of put yourself out there.”

Sept. 29 marks the second year of the Kathryn’s Krop 4 a Kure fundraiser, and this year, the Stewarts are holding a two-part event.

The first portion is a scrapbooking party, followed by a silent auction at Georgetown District High School.

The scrapbooking event is $50 per person and includes snacks, beverages and door prizes for attendees to win. There is no admission fee for the silent auction, but donations will be accepted. For any donations over $20, donors will receive a receipt from SickKids.

Source: The Independent Free Press, by Veronica Apia
September 10, 2018