Cate is ten years old and in 4th grade at a local school here in the Milwaukee area. She was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma of the Sacrum in June, 2015, at the age of eight.
“Cate the Great,” as she came to be known over her treatment journey, experienced such severe pain in her right calf the day after her First Communion in May, 2015, that she couldn’t sleep. Knowing something wasn’t right with her “sunshiney” daughter who rarely complained, her mom took her to see her Pediatrician at Children’s right away. A follow up meeting with the Children’s Orthopedics team led to PT, which quickly led to an MRI, when things were getting worse, not better. That MRI led to the cancerous diagnosis a month later. She received 14 intense rounds of Chemotherapy almost every 2 weeks for almost a year under the care of Medical College of Wisconsin Physicians. She spent many nights at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and struggled with adverse side effects of treatment, leading to multiple trips to the Emergency Room. Three of those ER visits led to admission into Intensive Care Unit – Cate even celebrated her 9th Birthday there. In addition to the intense Chemo regimen, she also received 31 radiation treatments. Through it all, Cate kept her smile, positivity and strength. She has been a true inspiration to all who have watched her bravely battle a terrible disease. She is now healthy, and is “thriving” according to her mom and dad. She recently received the fantastic news of “clean scans”, indicating she has been cancer-free for nine months. She is currently seen monthly in the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for follow up. Science is her favorite subject and she likes doing experiments. She loves playing with her friends, her beloved dog, Shep, and with big brother, Jack, who is in 7th grade. She enjoys drawing, singing, and playing imagination games with her Legos, American Girl dolls and stuffed animals. Her favorite sports are soccer and gymnastics and her favorite athlete is Simone Biles. She also loves the Packers, especially Aaron Rodgers. Her mom said Cate and the family are anxious to “pay it forward” while also raving about how grateful they all are for the “awesome nurses and fabulous doctors who saved Cate’s life” in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Learn more about Cate from her mother, Stacey: