Alumni performer dies from complications related to cystic fibrosis
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.”