While Kathryn was growing up, her Aunt Martha told her stories she'd heard from her ancestors of Shannon O'Donnel's work on the early Mars missions and how she fought opposition to build the Millennium Gate. These were an inspiration for Kathryn's and her career in Starfleet.
In 2375, while researching Shannon O'Donnel, Kathryn was disappointed to find that most of the stories her aunt had heard were exaggerated, if not all-together wrong. One question she asked herself was, once they got back to Earth, what would she tell her Aunt Martha. (VOY: "11:59")