Brooklyn Teen’s Road to Sainthood Gains Momentum

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Kaitlyn Bernhardt was 15 when she died of cancer. Kaitlyn was initially diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which later became aggressive and traveled throughout her body.

Despite the teen’s difficulty battling the cancer, Kaitlyn’s mom Jennifer says her daughter fought it with strength and plenty of faith.

Family and friends described Kaitlyn as a fearless young woman who managed to smile even through the worst of her cancer treatments and who religiously prayed the rosary every day of her young life. 

At one point, she cut off her hair and donated it to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. 

It’s been five years since Kaitlyn has passed away, which means she is now eligible to be considered for the process of becoming a saint. It’s an effort that’s being spearheaded by people she touched in her lifetime and others she has never met.