On Saturday April 9th, family and friends came together to celebrate the life of first-year Queen’s University student Kathryn Stewart. She died on April 2nd following a long battle with cancer.

Stewart was a resident of Watts Hall and came to Queen’s in the hopes of pursuing a psychology degree. She recently celebrated her 19th birthday and was pleased to be of “legal age.”

Stewarts family says that she refused “to be defined by her diagnosis and prioritized living a full life, having as many experiences with her family and friends as she could. She graduated high school with honours, earning numerous awards on the way.”

Stewart was also an ambassador for the SickKids Foundation, established her own fundraiser known as “Kathryn’s Krop 4 a Kure” and inspired the medical team at The Hospital for Sick Children. Her fundraising helped raise much needed money in support of childhood cancer research. 

Stewart fought cancer for most of her life, having been diagnosed with neuroblastoma 14 years ago.

Donations in Kathryn’s memory can be made on the SickKids foundation memorial page.