None of that is relevant anymore. Her 24-year-old mother, Laura passed away from Huntington's a couple of years ago, and now little Kathleen, just 9 years old, has joined her.
The community and the whole world rallied in support of Kathleen and her family when the story went viral; a local toy store owner gave her an anything-she-wanted toy shopping spree, with the whole town coming out in support:
Her father, Robert Edward, set up a website a few months back to raise awareness and support for Huntington's Disease research.
Here's a direct link to the donation page of the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
Here's a direct link to the donation page of the Michigan Chapter of the HDSA.
But, for the moment, none of that really matters. All that matters tonight is that a precious little girl has died.
Be at peace, little one.
Update: The Detroit News has posted an article about Kathleen's passing this morning. I didn't even realize that she had 2 younger sisters as well--Ashley is 5, and Maddison is 2:
Wyandotte— About two years after her battle with Huntington's Disease garnered national attention because she endured taunts from a neighbor, 9-year-old Kathleen Edward has died.
Her father, Robert Edward, said Kathleen died at 10:07 p.m. Wednesday at their Wyandotte home.
"The world remembers her smile and will never forget it," he said Thursday morning. "She would do anything for anybody. She never complained — never."
Ashley Edward, 5, has been looking at the sky since Wednesday night trying to talk to her sister, her father said.
In addition to Ashley, Kathleen had a 2-year-old sister named Maddison.