Honored Kid

Kate Lopez

Age 24
Kate Lopez Kid Photo


San Clemente, CA, US



Date of Diagnosis

July 2011



Treated At

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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My Story

Kate was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in September 2011. After starting soccer last fall, Kate noticed a pain in her leg. An X-ray soon showed that there was a problem. Within hours, an MRI showed what was feared, that Kate had a fast growing aggressive tumor in her left femur. Within 7 days, everything we knew was turned upside down and the biopsy confirmed Kate would need intense chemotherapy and limb salvage surgery to save her life and her leg. Two days later, Kate was admitted to start the first of 9 months of inpatient treatment at Children's Los Angeles. In December, Kate endured an 11 hour Vascularized Fibula Graft surgery to save her leg. Kate happens to be one of the most amazing, incredible, smart, funny, beautiful, strong...all around fantastic 12 year olds out there and has continued to smile and have an amazing attitude. She is a fighter. Her sense of humor and lighthearted demeanor have helped us all through this challenge. She has been an inspiration to so many. Kate is looking forward to finishing treatment this summer and returning to school in the fall. She has said she would like to be a pediatric oncology nurse when she grows up...no doubt, the best nurse out there.

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