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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Kathryn Sutch

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September 27, 1956 to March 1, 2008

Remember, O Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thine intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Last updated on: 07/24/2008


Katie will always be as she was in life, an incredible spirit,an incredible light. I promised her, as did so many of her friends, that we would dedicate our days to helping to find a cure and to find a way to be as proactive as we could in finding an early detection. Katie would have been a warrior for the cause, and will be in heaven! For those of us who loved her and went on the journey with her words cannot describe what is in our hearts. She was “one of a kind” and to know her was to love her. Personally, she was my friend for over 25 years, she was my family, and I will miss her all the days of my life. There is not enough room to describe her fight and her courage from the very onset of her diagnosis to the very end, never complaining, accepting, and fearless. I now pray to her to give us the guidance and the strength to be her light in this world, to honor her and to continue where she left off. You will be loved and missed my dear “Katerina” more than you could ever imagine! Pray for us now who must learn to live without you.
Your dear friend for life,

Vi Guglielmi – 07/23/2008

My Dearest Katie,

How beautifully brave and courageous you are. I could never be more proud than I am of your spirit and your fight for life. You fought this fight like everything else in your life, all the way with dignity and grace. You have touched so many lives and so many hearts with your faith and your passion for life and to help others. I know that it was your hearts desire to be restored to your good health that you could continue this work with others for a cure. However, God had a different plan. I am sure that you are making a difference in heaven right now though just as you did here on this earth. My heart and my life are forever touched by you and your spirit will remain in my heart and my life forever. I will do everything in my power as I promised you to continue this fight for you, with you, and through you my love. I am so fortunate to be blessed with the gift of being your soul mate and sharing with you in every moment of our life?s journey over these last several years. I am a stronger better person because of you. I love you so, so much and will always love you.
Your baby,

Lisa J. Vilardo – 07/23/2008

I will always remember Katie as a special person in my life. Her warmth and caring spirit brought so much to me and to all who knew her. She helped me through some rough times and I hope that I did the same for her. I am a stronger and better person because of her.
I am so happy that Katie, Bill and I were able to have had such a wonderfult trip to Rio and Buenos Aires, as well as all the other good times I can remember with our extended groups of friends.
Depite her fears, Katie lives and believes the Eleanor Roosevelt quote ” Do one thing every day that you are afraid of.”
I am also happy that Katie found peace and an abundance of love as she was dying. It is a major life accomplishment to leave this world truly knowing that people love you for who you are.

Chris Heck – 07/23/2008

Katie and I traveled the same and different paths, often times, at the same time and always in spirit together. To know Kate was to appreciate and love her for who she was and would always be. She has impacted my life in ways only she was capable of doing. In her passing, as in her life, her spirit and presence will remain as strong and intense as ever for the many, many individuals she has touched.

Debbie Gulley – 07/23/2008

I will always remember Katie for her extraordinary generosity, boundless energy, wonderful sense of style and
caring spirit. We met at a very difficult time in my life and she helped me and my family through it, a kindness we will never forget. We were thrilled when she and Lisa met, fell in love and made a life together, as it was clear that they were meant to be together. We were also so happy for her that she always had her large, loving and very involved family nearby.

I knew all to well how devastating ovarian cancer can be and I so hoped that Katie would be one of those few fortunate women who survive this terrible disease. I still can’t get myself to believe she’s really gone. But she’ll never be gone from my thoughts, my memories and my heart

Mary Fitzgerald – 07/23/2008

With the bases loedad you struck us out with that answer!

Makailah Makailah – 06/02/2011