Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Young pageant queen doesn't let condition slow her down

Katalina Litchfield is sick and tired, sitting in a hospital bed while a chest port delivers infusions of medication through her small body.

The 6-year-old is buried in a pile of colorful socks, many printed with zebras and unicorns. They help tuck away the pain.

"I love these socks," she said, waving a pair in the air. "But these are for all the other kids who are sick."

Defined by her crowns more than her condition — she's a reigning pageant queen in two states — Katalina is using every platform she's given to ensure that other children who have to spend time in a hospital are comfortable.

"My favorite thing to do is help other...