It’s been quite the year for the Brown Family.
In September, Cullan Brown, then a freshman golfer at the University of Kentucky, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his left leg.
With treatment ongoing, Cathryn Brown, Cullan’s younger sister — the pair are also the best of friends — navigated visits to her brother with her freshman-year courseload at Lyon County High School and a run to the KHSAA state golf tournament, where she finished just outside the top 10.
This week, Cathryn was named as one of 22 members of the Tom Leach All-Resilient Team, an award given to a Kentucky high-schooler who overcomes adversity to “participate and/or excel” in sports during the course of a calendar year.
Brown joins Mayfield senior Kade Neely as the only two from western Kentucky to win the award this year.
“It feels really good to get this award,” Cathryn Brown said Monday. “I came into the year wondering if I’d be able to play like I pictured myself playing, and I overcame it, which really helped me. It challenged me, but since my dad (Rodney) and my mom (Emily) were at the hospital a lot, they didn’t have as much time to work with me as they did last year. I did everything I could and I had a great year.”
Not having her brother on the course with her was tough, Cathryn said.
“It really stunk for me,” she admitted. “Because one parent could be with me. That was hard. Especially with it being my first state tournament appearance and playing so well. I picked my dad over my mom, and my mom didn’t (mind), because my dad knows a little bit more about golf. He helped me a lot there. It was just me and dad time, and it felt good because we hadn’t had that in a while, since he’s always been with Cullan in the hospital.
“My brother has always been involved with my golf, like I’ve been with his. We have a bond that I don’t think a lot of brothers and sisters have. He’s one of the main reasons why I play golf.”
Cathryn also averaged 12 points and 4.2 rebounds a game for Lyon County’s girls’ basketball team this season.