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When she’s not playing with her monster trucks or singing to “Frozen,” Kathryn “Kate the Great” McAllister can be found outside swinging on her playset. McAllister, 5, has amassed a loyal following of supporters encouraging her through her journey with Pfeiffer syndrome. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Celebrating similarities: St. Paul Park family embraces life with daughter with Pfeiffer syndrome


Five-year-old Kathryn McAllister likes to swing on her playset. She also likes playing with her older brother, Leland. She likes monster trucks, alligators, coloring, singing and stickers. And she especially likes Disney’s newest animated blockbuster, “Frozen.” In many ways, Kate is just like kids her age, except for one thing.

“Her face looks different from other kids,” Kate’s mother, Stacy, said. “Other than that, she’s a regular 5-year-old.”

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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