In Loving Memory

About Kate P.

Kate's Smile Touched Our Hearts

We are deeply saddened to share the passing of our youth member, Kate Palermo, from KIDS Illinois at Lurie Children's Hospital, while surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018.  Kate joined KIDS Illinois in 2015 and, was selected for the 2016 and 2017 iCAN Research & Advocacy Summits held in Barcelona, Spain and Orlando, Florida.  Kate held a special place in our hearts as she worked throughout the U.S. with Eli Lilly and many other organizations that supported research and advocacy for childhood cancer.  Kate was attending her dream school, the University of Michigan, which is also the location of KIDS Michigan.  Our hearts go out to Kate's family and all that were fortunate to know her.  Kate brought not only a strong voice to support pediatric healthcare, but also, a delightful sense of humor in dealing with her own healthcare needs.  We will always remember and miss Kate and are grateful for the friendship and the time that we spent with her through iCAN Research.  

The winner of the Kate P. Video Essay Scholarship is:


2019 Winner- Kalee Polk, KIDS Georgia

2019 Runner Up:  Nicole Mendez-Villarubia