CONCORD – A 13-year-old Dover girl was recently honored as a “Champion Child/Outstanding Adolescent” at a state-wide event honoring young people who overcome serious, chronic health conditions.
Katrina Gadwah was nominated by Astrid Wielens, of Zebra Crossings, for her spirit and resilience and then selected by the State Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions. She wrote in her nomination:
“Over the past five years, Katrina has navigated her life journey with asthma, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues, and food allergies. There have been times of prolonged illness. Regardless of the number of times she is left feeling sore and fatigued, she always rebounds with a smile and an openness to life and true appreciation for simply having a “good day.” Often Katrina steps into mentoring roles, providing extra care and encouragement to others. As one speaks with Katrina, you would never know the hardship that she has faced. Her positive attitude, perseverance and resilience are inspiring.
Each year the Council for Youths with Chronic Conditions honors several children and youths. Most are nominated from school nurses and other professionals that engage regularly with children with serious health care issues.