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Honored Kid Kristina Kral

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Chesapeake, VA, US
Brain or spinal cord tumor
Date of Diagnosis
January 2005
Treated At
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
UNC Children's Hospital
NIH Clinical Center


At the young age of only five years, Kristina was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer that was already in an advanced stage. Throughout her numerous trips to hospitals in and out of the state over the following 22 months, she lived her life in a way that left all who had the opportunity to know her breathless. She woke every day and asked the question, "What are we going to do for fun today?"-not worried about things to come; only concerned with the here and now. She taught all who knew her how to smile more, about the joy and celebration that life should and can be, and that beauty is not determined by an illness. She always seemed to have an unending supply of strength and never a trace of self remorse. Kristina's smile was as bright as her pink hat, and her laughter was like music that is often heard, but never tiresome. Kristina is now free from the illness that took her from us, and it is certain that she is laughing just as carefree as when she spent her days with us. It is that spirit, strength, courage, and grace that we are reminded of when we think of the beautiful girl in the pink hat.
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