Make-A-Wish recipient visits CERN

Katie Kemp, an 18-year-old from Seattle, wants to know how the Universe operates. On 22 June, she started working on the answer with help from CERN and Make-A-Wish Switzerland, a foundation that grants wishes to children and young adults in Switzerland living with life-threatening conditions.


Katie Kemp, during her visit to CERN.

“Switzerland has been amazing,” Katie said. “I've met a ton of fantastic people and seen all kinds of fascinating things.”

A serious student who plans to study engineering and physics this autumn at the University of Washington, Katie was particularly fascinated by the magnets in SM-18.

“We just finished studying electromagnetism at school,” Katie said. “It was great to see the magnets.”

Diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when she was 15 years old, Katie isn’t letting the heart condition stop her from working towards a bright future.

“I want to know how things work,” Katie said. “Maybe I’ll end up working at CERN.”

by Ashley WennersHerron