Kenzie was diagnosed with cancer of the soft palate as a young child and, after enduring countless treatments and surgeries, won her battle when she was just 7 years old. She joined our Springfield family in 2006 at the age of 16 years, and she has been a Springfielder ever since.
Out of all our families, Kenzie is our THON veteran - in fact, she attended her 16th THON weekend this past year. Now 26, a high school graduate, and cancer-free for more than ten years, Kenzie joins Springfield every year for our Semi-Formal, Homecoming, and Family Carnival. We also visit her throughout the year, and she's been known to come up to State College frequently to hang out with us!
An avid writer, Kenzie is in the process of writing her second novel. She also spends time volunteering at her local hospital and keeping in touch with her half-sister. In addition to this, Kenzie enjoys watching anime videos (we go to Setsucon with her) and listening to music (especially Taylor Swift). Springfielders often keep in touch with Kenzie by writing letters back and forth- we love to hear her stories about past THONs and Springfield alumni.
Another important member of the Robertson family is Kenzie's grandmother, Kathleen. Kathleen was a huge presence in Springfield until she passed away in September of 2014, a little over a year ago. She was a truly remarkable woman full of love, kindness, and positivity. There was never a day she was not smiling and ready to take on the world. She constantly opened up her home and her heart to Springfielders who she had never even met before, and she welcomed us into her family with open arms.
Although Kathleen is no longer with us physically, she is alive in the memories that we have with her and a continued bond that we share with Kenzie and the Robertson family. She lives in the joyful moments shared between Springfielders and in the cardinal that we wear on our sleeves.
Below is a quote written by a Springfielder: