If you’ve been following Cate’s journey you will love this news; Cate has rung the bell at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin signifying her scans showing No Evidence of Disease! Cate has beaten back her cancer and is ready to resume her regularly scheduled life! At her bell ringing ceremony her mom took the time to thank all of the people who did big and small things to help their family through this challenging season. She held Cate’s Beads of Courage, a really cool tradition of collecting a bead for each instance that required her to be brave; a big needle, a scary scan, a trip to the ER in the middle of the night. She talked about how each small moment of courage in the face of fear were just that; one small triumph. But when you string them all together into the incredible chain Cate has collected over the last nine months you really see how much she’s been through and how much she has accomplished. It’s the small triumphs, strung together. She spoke of how their community came around them, not just in the grand moments, the big gestures of help, but in the small, sometimes unglamorous moments like the sister-in-law that cleaned out the family pantry or the family that mowed their lawn all summer or the friends that showed up with meals or rides for Cate’s brother or just a text to say “I am thinking of you and praying for you.” When you string all those little gestures of love together you have a chain that can surround and support a family through a dark and challenging time. That day they all gathered to ring the bells of celebration for Cate’s amazing news.
Nationally recognized, award-winning Milwaukee photographer & videographer Anna Mayer tells stories for families, business, and organizations with fun, fresh and modern photography and videography. Her work can be found hanging on the walls of families in most of the 50 states. Additionally, she’s been nationally published by Random House, Shutterfly and Professional Photographer Magazine and her film work has been featured on the Huffington Post and Explore Minnesota.