Katie was diagnosed with stage 3B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on July 3, 2014, just before starting her senior year of high school. She began an intense 6-round chemotherapy protocol (BEACOPP) on July 25, 2014. Katie was determined to maintain her faith and a positive attitude/outlook throughout her treatments. She did not want cancer to take away her joy and ability to enjoy life. Despite terrible side effects and a few disappointments, she was able to accomplish this.
During treatment Katie learned how fearful young children were over having their ports accessed/de-accessed. To help these children, Katie created a “treatment buddy” bear with multiple port pockets, a port, port access kit, a hospital gown and clothing. Ten bears total were donated to the Scottish Rite Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to be used as a teaching tool and a gift to newly diagnosed cancer patients. Katie was declared Cancer-Free on Dec 10, 2014, about 1 month following her final chemotherapy treatment. While we are all thrilled with this news, our continued thoughts and prayers are with the families still battling cancer or that have lost the battle. Our prayer is that one day cancer will be a preventable disease, so no child has to endure cancer treatment and the horrible side effects (both short and long-term). Katie enjoys playing piano, singing, community service, shopping and spending time with family and friends.