Katie's Story

Katie's Story

Katie is eight years old. She seems quiet at first, but it doesn't take long for her to open up. At the age of two, Katie was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder and underwent chemotherapy and radiation at Phoenix Children's. She went cancer free until age seven, when she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Today Katie receives chemotherapy for the leukemia. Her mom Diana says Katie loves to visit with the doctors and nurses at Phoenix Children's Hospital while she receives her chemotherapy treatment. Mom describes Katie as a real trooper for all that she has gone through during her treatments. Below, Katie tells us more about herself.

 

What are some things you like to do?
Ride my bike, play with my friends and watch TV.

 

Who are some of your good friends?
Noel, Kaileigh and Camy. They're friends from school.

 

What is your favorite subject in school?
P.E.

 

What do you like about P.E.?
We get to climb the jungle gym ropes. I'm pretty good at that.

 

Do you play sports?
I like basketball.

 

Do you have a favorite basketball team?
No, but I like the Phoenix Coyotes. I like hockey too.

 

What is your favorite food?
Steak and rice.

 

Those are unusual choices for an eight-year-old. No pepperoni pizza?
No, but I like pasta salad too.

 

What is your favorite movie?
Big Daddy.

 

Isn't that with Adam Sandler? Is he your favorite actor?
No. I like the little kid in Big Daddy.

 

What's your favorite song?
Temperature.

 

Who sings that?
I have no clue.

 

What do you do in the Hospital to pass the time?
I watch movies and play in the playroom. I'm a helper in the playroom...I help clean up the stuff.

 

What's something you like to do?
I like camping because you get to roast marshmellows.

 

Have you been to Camp Rainbow?
Once. I went the last time.

 

What did you do there?
I rode a horse

 

 

What was that like?
Pretty boring. He liked to stop and eat a lot.

 

Do you have brothers or sisters?
One brother Jason. He's 14.

 

Do you get along?
No.

 

Never?
Well, sometimes we get along.

 

Is there something about you that you would want people to know?
That I like boy stuff.

 

Like what?
Like my shoes [points].

 

Your shoes are pink!
[laughs]

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