MADISON (WKOW) -- They share a common bond, the death of a family member.
Keraa and Anne have grieved, loved and supported each other since they met through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County.
Their story is a part of our continuing 27 Kids Who Matter series.
Keraa graduated from the program this year and also graduated from high school.
"I feel very good. I feel like I got through everything and it makes me feel so much better. I just feel like I can do anything now."
She was matched with Anne in fourth grade.
"When I first met her she came up to my shoulder, at the start of fourth grade, and now she's a little taller than me. I'm just so proud of her, she has done so great," says Anne.
Now Kerra is headed to Edgewood College.
From the start, the two shared a common bond.
Anne says, "Keraa's mom had died in April and my dad died in August and we were both in the early grieving stages in September. So that first year, we did a lot of crying."
It was moments like that that, helped them build a strong bond.
"Ever since we met, it was like an escalator going up and up and I never jumped the railing to go back down," says Keraa.
When Keraa heads off to college, there's no question the two will stay in touch.
Keraa says she wants to study either business advertising, psychology or elementary education.
Anne says she'll be there supporting her every step of the way.