Kathryn ‘Katy” Wymant

Kathryn ‘Katy” Wymant

November 7, 2003 - July 16, 2009

  • Hometown: Orangeville, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2008
  • Diagnosis: high grade pontine glioma

In the summer of June 2008 Katy was 4; her mom and two older brother’s Alexander who was 9 at the time and Matthew who was 7 traveled to Glasgow Scotland to visit family while Dad stayed at home in Orangeville.

Just days before the scheduled flight to return home, on July 16, 2008 Katy developed what appeared to be flu like symptoms and was taken to a doctor for a pre-flight check up. By the end of the day, Katy was undergoing neurosurgery having being diagnosed with a high grade pontine glioma on her brain stem and Katy’s dad was on a flight from Canada to Scotland.

Discussions between Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow confirmed that Katy’s prognosis was poor, but a clinical trial would be made available in Scotland.

With the help of fundraiser in both Canada and Scotland , the family remained in Scotland for the clinical trial and adjusted to the “new normal” of finding a place to live, new toys, a new school and making new friends.

During her treatment, Katy went through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. she had over 200 anesthetics, she spend time in isolation due to colds, fevers and even the chicken pox, but never complained. Car trips to medical appointments were filled with with Katy singing Rhianna’s “under my umbrella”. Her favorite snack food was Goldfish crackers. She loved bouncing on trampolines, wearing flip flops and snorting along to “Peppa Pig”

She even managed to go to school and attend her classmates birthday parties.

Katy passed away in her parents arms, surrounded by family exactly one year after her diagnosis on July 16, 2009. In her memory, a tree is planted in the garden at Carolside Primary School where Katy attended in Scotland. Every year a student is given an award in her name; the friendship award

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