Hello! Welcome to my Kids Walk Page
My name is Kate Davis and I’m a freshman at The Spence School. On January 31st, 2005, at three and a half years old, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. My diagnosis came as a shock; many tend to forget that kids get cancer too.
I simply cannot put into words how eternally grateful I am to have been able to receive treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. The most dedicated doctors and nurses were there beside my family and I for every round of chemo, every surgery, every bone marrow, every blood test, every checkup. Today I live a happy, healthy, wonderful life- and owe it all to them and to the scientific progress made by researchers fighting for a cure.
However, even with all of the advancements made, there are still far too many lives lost. There is still far too much to be discovered. I will never forget Stella. I was lucky to have her as my hospital roommate; while she suffered from a rare and aggressive form of AML, she never failed to be cheerful, bubbly and kind. She and I would spend days in our dismal room playing Mario Cart on her Gameboy. She loved rainbows more than anything and would sit up in bed, drawing pictures of them with crayons. Three years older than me, I looked up to her more than anyone. As a little girl, when my parents told me that she had “moved hospitals”, I was devastated. Stella died at 8; cancer stole her away from her family and friends who loved her so dearly. Cancer took her future, her chance at a long, fulfilling life. Stella would have been 18 this year. She wasn’t the only one we knew who was lost; most of the friends I made during my time at Sloan Kettering didn’t make it. Stella. Mathew. Julien. Michelle. Ariana. Gabriel. Sofia. The list goes on.
I often reflect on how incredibly fortunate I am to have overcome my disease and to be healthy today. My survival overwhelms me with guilt, I question why I got to live and why so many others didn’t. Why so many children and adults still lose the battle. And this is why Kids Walk is important to me. 100% of the funds raised go directly to research fighting for a cure. Research fighting for a world where cancer isn’t a death sentence. Research fighting for a world where parents don’t lose their children. Research fighting for a world where precious lives aren’t cut short by cancer every day. Please join me in fighting for a world like this one, and donate to my page. Every dollar donated goes directly to the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, giving doctors and researches what they need to discover new and better treatment options, not only at MSK, but around the world. Any amount would be so very appreciated. If you would like to join my family, friends and I on Saturday, May 5th, at the walk as well, please click to join TEAM SPENCE! Thank you very much!!!