Support for Katelyn Norman goes worldwide

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Support for 14-year-old Norman continues to pour in, now from all over the world.

Katelyn's story went viral soon after she posted a bucket list on Facebook outlining several things she'd like to do before she died. Many have worked to help her check items off by planning a special prom and organizing a motorcycle ride.

The story's made it's way across social media, and now people from as far away from the Middle East have sent greetings to Katelyn.

One facebook user posted, "You now have a candle burning in Kuwait pretty girl! Stay strong Kate and Dream big! You have touched the lives of many around the world."

"I don't think she'll ever realize how much she's pulled every body together... just one single human being," said Campbell County High School's nurse Sharon Shepherd.

Locally, businesses, homes and even city buildings have tied up green ribbons. Restaurants and grocery stores have posted well wishes for Katelyn Norman on their marquees. Campbell County High Students have posted a special note on the school's front gate.

"It's been amazing how many I've seen. It's been surprising and it's good to see that many supporting her," said postman Con Maiden.

Doctors diagnosed, 14, with cancer two years ago. Last week she learned it had spread to her heart and pelvis.

"She's still beating it to me, and I think to her friends and family as well. It's not beat her and I can't stress that enough. Look at what's she's done," said Shepherd.

UT football players Byron Moore and Marlon Walls visited Katelyn at East Tennessee Children's Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

After the visit, Moore tweeted "It was great meeting Katelyn Norman. A truly strong young girl."


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