Katie is a determined 32 year-old who has been fighting Multiple Myeloma since 2013 and has recently been told that her treatment options have run out.
She is the mom of 2 beautiful girls, 7 year-old Alyssa, and 4 year-old Mikayla. For the last 9 years she and her best friend, supporter, and husband, Zack have created a remarkable family amidst the turmoil of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Katie received the news that she had cancer while pregnant with Mikayla. After a premature birth and a month in the NICU, Mikayla is thriving as a rambunctious 4 year-old fire-cracker!
Katie's journey has not been easy. She has had 2 stem cell transplants: the first was rejected, but the second took and corrected the bone marrow. However, her cancer returned and treatment was changed. The second treatment created unforeseen side effects including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin reaction to the chemotherapy which made it necessary to transfer to the burn unit in Gainesville, FL. Shortly after the blisters healed she got a lung infection and a staph infection in her port causing her to undergo emergency treatment and surgery. The chemotherapy treatment that had been working to cure her caused the severe skin reaction, which meant that several other types of chemotherapy treatments had to be ruled out since they would have the same effect. The doctor’s have continued treating Katie with other treatments and radiation but her cytomas continue to return.
“I have recently now been told that there is nothing more that they can do. Talk about a punch in the gut. I'm not ready to give up and I'm not going to go down easy, so I'm gonna fight as long as I can.”
Live for Today wants to help Katie and her family create lasting memories together. We want your contribution to her Life Adventure so that we can send her and her cherished family to Disney World together.
Some details from her Life Adventure include:
-3 night stay in a beautiful home in Orlando
-3 days at Disney World -Disney accessories and fun gift basket
-Gas money, transportation, food, snacks and other provisions
-A few surprises to make it super awesome!!
P.S. This is a surprise trip for Katie’s daughters, so keep it quiet!!