Katherine Elizabeth Itacy
Katherine Itacy, author of Relentless: From National Champion to Physically Disabled Activist (July 28, 2020, E.L. Marker), is a type 1 diabetic of over thirty-two years and a former elite athlete. From 1999-2001, Kate won five state championships and eight national championships in high school track and field and bested the Olympic gold medalist in the women’s hammer at the 2000 World Junior Championship in Santiago, Chile. Kate held the Rhode Island state record in the girls’ high school hammer throw for twenty years and the Eastern College Athletic Division I Conference Championship record in the women’s weight throw for fifteen. In 2017, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League inducted Kate into its Hall of Fame.
After graduating magna cum laude and fourth in her class from law school, Kate practiced law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for six years, five of which she spent running her own criminal defense and appellate law practice. For all five years that Kate ran her firm, she was selected as a “Rising Star” in criminal defense and appeals in Rhode Island Monthly magazine. During that time, she also served on the boards of directors for the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Rhode Island ACLU, and the national ACLU. In 2014, Kate closed her law firm and moved to the Mexican border in order to work as a legal research and writing specialist (LRAWS) for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas. Unfortunately, complications from her brittle type 1 diabetes, the recurrence of a tethered spinal cord, and the onset of several other medical disorders caused Kate to stop working in February of 2017 and retire based upon disability from her job in March of 2018.
Since retiring, Kate has written her memoir Relentless (which is available now in paperback and e-book formats on Amazon) and started “The Phunky Diabetic Podcast” (which is available to stream on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and YouTube).
Kate can be reached by email at email@example.com or on her website, http://katherineitacy.com/.
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