Mom shares heartbreaking back-to-school photo after her daughter's passing

- A mother shared a heartbreaking back-to-school photo on what would have been her daughter's first day of school. 

On her Facebook page, Prayers for Kate, a photo that was posted shows an empty doorstep outside the Rhoades family home in Herndon, Virginia. It's the place where little Kate, who was 4 when she died on January 12, would have posed for that first-day snap. 

Kate Rhoades should have started kindergarten this week. She should have been dropped off this morning with a new backpack full of supplies a cute new outfit on...and a bow in her hair. There should be a first day photo of her proudly smiling on our front porch. A classroom with a teacher excited to learn more about her. A desk with her name.

Childhood cancer took that right away from this little girl. It stole the opportunity of a lifetime of learning, starting right here, today. In a classroom at Dranseville Elementary School with new friends, new books, new people and new hope.
Instead of dropping her off and worrying about her all day, I visited her at the cemetery and miss her beautiful face.
To help honor Kate and help make a difference for something that truly matters. Visit Kate's Cause at to help make a difference.

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