Nathalia is resilient, spirited and humorous, but it’s her heart that her mom, Katy, loves most. Before Nathalia was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, she had been limping and complaining of leg pain for about six months. During that time, Katy brought her to the doctor, but they were told she most likely had a torn ligament or simply growing pains. Later in the summer of 2016, Katy noticed Nathalia was still limping, and when they returned home from a trip to Canada, her right leg was swollen. Getting ready to go off to summer camp for two weeks, her mom made the decision to take her to urgent care, and within the time of that visit, all plans to go to summer camp were canceled—Nathalia had cancer. Starting in her leg, the disease had already spread to her lungs.
Nathalia has endured so much the past couple of years, including: chemotherapy, radiation, multiple surgeries, and weeks upon weeks in the hospital. Despite all of this, Nat’s cancer spread to her spine and has caused her intense pain and paralyzation from her waist down. She recently participated in a phase 1 immunotherapy study that was funded by the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children's Cancer Research Fund and wants to do what she can to raise money for research that will help kids in the future who are diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
She is a source of inspiration and joy to all who know her. She enjoys time spent with her mom, Katy, and sister, Gabi and loves trying new food, art and fashion. She is wise beyond her 15 years and has taught us all what it means to truly live life to the fullest. We are grateful for her example of strength and grace."