Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage

Katrina Simpkins is an All American Hero.  She is a role model to thousands of kids and adults, those with special needs and those without. 

(Please see the video of Katrina and Winter at the bottom of this post.)

Katrina at age 8
When Katrina's journey to become a "normal girl" began, she was eight years old, a birth defect survivor of a condition called Proximal femoral focal deficiency and a victim of constant vicious bullying by schoolmates.  Even with her parents' love and support, her life was a misery, and Katrina was depressed and despondent.

Then she met Winter. Winter, the dolphin.  Winter lost her tail to a crab trap and almost died.  Instead, she was rescued by a fisherman named James Savage and taken to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she lives safely and happily today, helping others like her to adjust and ultimately live fulfilling lives.

To that end, I've written the authorized biography of Katrina.  The book, which will be launched within the next month, is called Katrina and Winter:  Partners in Courage, published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Katrina's first look at Winter
Here is an excerpt:

Hi, I’m Katrina Simpkins and am here to see Winter,” she said to the lady behind the ticket counter.
The woman came around the desk and gave Katrina a hug. “It’s nice to see you again, dear. You’re expected upstairs.”
Katrina grinned and pushed a curl off her face. “Thanks. I’m so excited to be here. See you later.” She walked toward the stairs, the thought of her prosthetic leg struggling up the steps bothering her not a bit.
 Katrina put her hands to her mouth when she saw the dolphin. “Winter,” she half whispered. “I’m back.”
Katrina and "Winter"
Shriners Van (New Prosthesis)
“Hey, Katrina,” the trainer called. “Get into a wet suit, and come on in. Our girl’s waiting.”
“Okay,” she said, watching Winter watch her.
After Katrina changed into a wet suit, she lowered herself into the tank and waited. The trainer said, “Here comes Winter. Wow. Does she know you, or what?”
“She’s swimming right into my arms,” a tearful Katrina said. And the young dolphin stayed there while her friend whispered to her and stroked her head. “I’ve missed you so much,” Katrina said softly.
The trainer smiled. “You guys are a lot alike. No wonder you’re such good friends.”
“Video crew’s here!” the grey haired volunteered shouted, breaking the spell.
“I have to go now, but I’ll be back soon,” Katrina told the dolphin. “We’re doing a film together.” I can’t believe any of this is happening, she thought, slowly lifting herself out of the water.
It is my hope you will read Katrina and Winter.  It is a tribute to Katrina, Winter and all others who must live with a special needs problem and rises above the handicap until it is not a handicap any longer.  It's a badge of honor and a badge of courage.  Katrina and Winter.  Winter and Katrina.  Heros both.


  1. This sounds like an amazingly inspirational book. I'll have to check a copy out so I can share it with my daughter.

  2. I'm going to enjoy this book! Is it available on Kindle?
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  3. What an inspiring story. I'm glad you're sharing it with others who need it.

    Thank you for visiting my J post this morning,

  4. This sounds like a heartwarming story. One of my daughters, a young adult, suffers from a chronic condition called CVS. (I've written two posts about it on my 21st century blog) (the CVS tab at the top links to the posts)

    She does background acting work when she can, which is intermittently, but wonders what kind of life awaits her.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know about your book.

  5. Thank you all for your kind comments. I so want this book to be perfect for Katrina. She deserves that and more...

  6. What an amazing story. Katrina seems like a very special young lady!

  7. Sounds like an amazing story! Good luck with publishing :)



  8. What a terrific story. I'm sure it will help many more children.

  9. I'm so glad Katrina has Winter. Heroes both! Good luck with your writing.