Linwood Elementary kindergartner Katherine Cook colors an assignment alongside her para, Lynne Stallbaumer, and classmate Sawyer Delana Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. In February Katherine was struck in the head by a bullet while playing outside her Linwood home. The bullet remains lodged in her skull and will not be removed because of the potentially more harmful risks involved with the procedure. Meanwhile, Katherine seeks the help of Stallbaumer, physical therapists and family members in getting readjusted to life.
Katherine raises her hand to answer a question during class Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.
Lynne Stallbaumer helps Katherine with her protective helmet before going out to the playground at Linwood Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.
Katherine grabs the hand of her para, Lynne Stallaumer, as the two leave school Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.
JoAnne Cook, Katherine's mother.
Katherine makes her way down a set of stairs with her mother, JoAnne Cook, and 2-year-old sister Elizabeth during a walk in their backyard, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. It was in February that Katherine was found lying at the bottom of these stairs after being struck by the bullet.
Katherine laughs in the kitchen along with her 2-year-old sister, Elizabeth, as her mother, JoAnne Cook, prepares a snack for the two girls after school Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. Despite life's difficulties since her injury, the 5-year-old maintains a joyful attitude.
JoAnne Cook, holding her 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth, asks Katherine about her day at school Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.
Physical therapist Lynne Mersch works with Katherine's strength and balance Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at the Rehabilitation Institute in Kansas City, Mo.
Physical therapist Lynne Mersch watches over Katherine as she practices using stairs Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at the Rehabilitation Institute in Kansas City, Mo.