Van Alstyne girl battles cancer with community support, now back home

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) Back in February, a little Van Alstyne girl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

She had just one wish to help her in her recovery and now nearly a year later she's out of the hospital.

"Germany Finland, Australia, Japan, Korea, Japan, I mean from all over the world she got cards."

You may remember 8-year-old Katelyn as the little girl who asked for cards back in February after being diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects kids ages 3 to 10.

"One card almost made me cry. It said you are in my prayers even though I don't know you," Katelyn said.

"She probably got about 2,000 cards," said her dad Fred Brown. "We have containers full of cards."

Because there were so many, some of these cards Katelyn is just now reading for the first time.

"These two are supposed to be glued together," Katelyn said.

Now 10 months later, Katelyn's parents Fred Brown and Bobby Davis Sr. say she's done with chemo. But the cards haven't stopped pouring in.

"We get two or three cards a week from the same people, that still this whole time are still sending get well, good luck," said Brown.

Since being diagnosed, Katelyn has been in and out of the hospital.

"She was so sick, she couldn't even go out of her room and to be able to see her now like she is, it really brings a lot of joy," Davis said.

And because her health is improving both Brown and Davis say Christmas this year was one they'll never forget.

"We got to see her open her gifts Christmas morning and a year ago, we didn't know if we'd get to see that," said Davis.

Katelyn will still need to go to Children's Medical in Dallas for check ups, but her family says they're just happy to have her home and grateful for the support.

"It made me feel good. It made me feel loved."



 
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