"Kcat Writing an Article" 30" x 24" oil on canvas.
Kcat Yarza lives in the Philippines and is a contributing writer to the
Pencil Sketch for the painting.
Kcat has NF2 which had left her deaf and one side of
her body paralyzed. She cannot walk because of the NF. In fact, prior to
the paralysis she was left handed and
that was the side of the body that became paralyzed. Kcat practiced
using her right hand and went back to creating artworks through her
computer, and did self study through the internet until she developed
her skills in graphic design again. She currently designs t-shirts and
is able to use the money raised to help offset her own medical bills.
She's had surgery to save her eye from a bulging tumor and had a
cochlear implant to restore some hearing. In Kcat's words
"Neurofibromatosis is a continuing battle. We may never know when and if
the tumors will strike again. There are still a lot to "get better”
from. Besides, why do I have to worry? Worrying would just add to our
burden. What I need to do now is to be strong and find ways to raise
funds for my medical expenses. God is with me. His will be done".
Blessings came pouring. In 2010, Kcat was chosen as one of the 7
finalist in the Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for Happiest Pinoy. In the
same year, she became the grand winner of Pagbabago blog contest
sponsored by Nuffnang and Goldilocks. She was invited to give a talk and
inspire more people in different events and did a couple of TV,
broadsheet and radio interviews. To share all these blessings from God,
Kcat launched her “MAY Birthday Project” in 2007, where she asked her
friends for hospital necessities and toys and birthday gifts to
distribute among the Children’s & Neurosurgery Wards at Philippine
General Hospital. NF2 is a genetic disorder which affects 1 in 25,000