In 1989 five-month old Kate was diagnosed with bi-lateral retinoblastoma, which means she had malignant tumors in both eyes. This is usually a very treatable form of cancer, but things did not go well for little Kate. At 18 months Kate underwent surgery to remove her right eye. She had her right leg amputated in 1997 due to bone metastasis. In her last months the cancer spread into her brain. All throughout the family’s 10-year struggle they fought for appropriate care often finding themselves at odds with their insurer. In addition to being the caregiver of a very sick child, Julia would become the communication channel between the doctors and insurance; all while maintaining her dentistry practice. As the cancer spread they would have to fight for appropriate drugs to maintain a quality of life as Kate’s small body filled with cancer.