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Alumni performer dies from complications related to cystic fibrosis

4 December 2013 By Brandi Bottalico, Senior Editor One Comment

Alum Katelin McMullin died last week due to complications from cystic fibrosis.

McMullin completed her education as a theater major during summer 2013 and was a member of Lambda Kappa Tau, a media arts fraternity.

Towson graduate and McMullin’s big in LKT DeCarlo Brown said he isn’t ready to say goodbye.

“To me she will never be a memory,” he said. “I am not ready… I’m not ready to talk about Katelin in the past tense.”

McMullin performed in several plays at Towson including The Dark Room this past March and Tales from a Broken Heartland: Trash and Ninjas and Squirrels in December 2012.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website. About 30,000 adults and children in the United States have been diagnosed with CF. There is no known cure for the disease.

“Katelin was my friend. I care about her so much that it’s difficult to put into words what losing her does to me,” Brown said. “I will not pretend that we were always on the best terms. It was a real relationship. We fought sometimes and we laughed. We never judged each other. Throughout it all we were there for each other with honesty, love and acceptance.”

Brown said he is also not ready for all the reminders that she is gone.

“I’m not ready to never see my friend again,” he said. “I’m so grateful that she allowed me into her life. That she thought enough of me to reach out to keep me there. That I was given a chance to say I’m sorry. That I could make her laugh one last time. For so much more than I can say to anyone. She was so much bigger than I am and in the short time I knew her I have learned so much.”

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  • Jennifer Bryson said:

    I just found this online and read every word. I more than understand your thoughts on not being ready for her to be gone from us. I had the sheer pleasure and honor of having her in my life via my son, Adam. The were a beautiful, romantic couple for a few years and I loved her very much as well. I also admired her strength and not letting CF keep her down, ever. She crammed so much living in her too short 25 years. I’m still knee deep in grief but I know she’s in a place of peace and without illness. Her spirit will live on through those of us fortunate enough to be chosen by her.

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