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Column - January 18, 2013

It's payback time for Kaitlin

by Jeb Bing

Kaitlin Gallagher is back on her feet and doing what she can to "give back" to the Pleasanton community and Bay Area organizations that came to her aid during her year-long successful leukemia treatments. Chosen as the Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, the 17-year-old senior at Amador Valley High School earned loud applause as she recalled her medical battle that kept her out of school for much of 2011 and in the UC San Francisco Medical Center for weeks at a time while undergoing chemotherapy, blood transfusions and visitor-free rest.

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Posted by Luci, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thank you Jeb for capturing my daughter's story so well. I would just like clarify that she coordinated the making and delivery of blankets to UCSF, but there were many others in the community that actually made them in order to ensure all the children received their own. And we thank and appreciate you all!

Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

What a great story! Congratulations to Kaitlin and all who lover her... May God continue to bless you all!

Posted by Dave, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

So wonderful to read a good news story. May Kaitlin's future be full of sunshine and love!

Posted by Sai, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jan 22, 2013 at 6:15 am

Hearty congratulations to Kaitlin and Gallagher's family. Nice to hear about Kaitlin's community payback.

Posted by Charlie, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

Atta girl Kaitlin! We are all overjoyed with your story and recovery! A HUGE thanks to the folks at UCSF medical center, you have some of the best cancer doc's on the west coast and we now know of three people's lives you have saved.

Posted by Anne Martin, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

So proud of you Kaitlin! You have shown such grace and strength throughout your ordeal, and now are giving back to help others. You are a beautiful example of the kindness and gratitude that we don't see enough of in our crazy world. God bless you!!