When she turned 12 years old in late 2011, Kate was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left femur. Treatment for this form of cancer involves surgery, chemotherapy, and what Kate’s mother Gail calls “her new reality.” Through it all, Kate has had a remarkable and inspiring attitude, which has “continued even through the hardest times.” Gail particularly remembers watching her daughter wake up from an 11-hour limb salvage surgery. When her mother said to one of the nurses, “She looks really good,” Kate stirred, then—still in her groggy state—said, “I’m not good—I’m awesome!”
Kate also has an older sister, Paige, age 14. You can learn more about Kate by going to caringbridge.org and searching for KateLopez12.