Hello, It’s us, EBB and Kate! We have decided it has been way too long and way too much time has passed since we last posted on here! We thought it would be great to tell you all the amazing and incredible things that have been happening in our world and give you a recent update in the life of a cancer survivor and a cancer survivor sibling!
This blog was originally created to keep everyone updated on Elizabeth’s battle with cancer. As you may or may not know…Great news, Elizabeth continues to be in remission! Although she remains in remission many other kids don’t and we want to continue to battle and bring awareness to this cause for them. We want to use this blog (or maybe even vlog at times) as a way to share all the ways we “The Super Sisters” continue to raise a voice for childhood cancer.
I (Kate) am a teenager now. I was 7 when, Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer. I really don’t remember life much before that. I have basically grown up bringing awareness to this cause. I don’t know any other way. It’s important for me to continue bringing awareness to this cause because what I do remember is what my sister went through. I will never forget watching her fight and I will always try to make it better until no other kid has to hear they have cancer. I am currently part of the Miss America program called Miss Outstanding Teen. I actually competed for a local title this year and was honored enough to win the title of Miss Grand Canyon’s Outstanding Teen! Within this crown are four points which represent Service, Style, Scholarship and Success. I believe they are all important but what I absolutely love is the Service! My platform for service through The Miss Outstanding Teen program is being an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, one of which is Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the hospital Elizabeth was treated at! My personal platform is Raise a Voice for Childhood Cancer – #shareaheartofgold. I am excited for this year and all the ways I will have the opportunity to bring awareness to this cause! I have been busy making goody bags for the kids in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PCH, speaking at a Camp Rainbow fundraiser, raising money to send kids to camp this year and supporting my sister in her new amazing role, but I will let her tell you about that in a minute. I want to end my part of the post by saying thank you for continuing to follow this journey. It is the support of all of you that has taught me what it means to give back to a community and #shareaheartofgold.
I (Elizabeth) am 11 now and I have been in remission for 4 1/2 years now!!! I visit the hospital for cancer checkups twice a year, one of those being a survivorship clinic, where they watch me for long term side effects from the chemotherapy I received. I have been doing really good. I have had a couple of surgeries after treatment and recovered pretty quickly! I love being back in school full time and hanging out with my friends! I started playing the ukulele a couple of years ago, which has been very fun! I still LOVE music, rainbows and making kids smile, which brings me to my new responsibility of being announced as the National Youth Ambassador for Hyundai Hope on Wheels. I want to share with you every exciting moment that will come over the next two years! So far it has been an incredible start! That blog will be coming soon and how it all came about! Thank you for always praying for me and being the best cheerleaders anyone could ever HOPE for!
With a hearts of gold,
Kate & Elizabeth