It was 10 years ago that 2-year-old Caroline Watters of Queens was diagnosed with leukemia and got a lifesaving bone-marrow transplant from her 4-year-old sister — and they marked the anniversary in May by trying to help others.
Their parents threw a party to celebrate the fact that Caroline, now 12, has been cancer-free for a decade. She and her sister, Lisette, now 14, urged guests not to bring gifts.
Instead, “we asked them to donate money to The Leukemia Lymphoma Society so one day they’ll raise enough funds to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma or any kind of cancer,” Caroline said.
Caroline, who plans to be a cheesemaker and a vet, and Lisette, who hopes for a career in the fashion business, won a 2011 New York Post Liberty Medal in the Young Heart category for telling their inspiring story once or twice a month to help raise awareness and funds for blood-cancer research.
Lisette “rejoices” at her sister’s 10 years of good health and said, “I want other people to have that same joy that we have.”