Honored Kid

Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson Kid Photo


Carrying Place, ON, CA



Date of Diagnosis

June 2010


Passed away

Treated At

Mount Sinai Hospital - 11 south Sarcoma unit Hospital for Sick Children

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My Story

Katie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on June 7, 2010. She had been complaining of knee pain but we had all figured it has something to do with all the sports she played, She had just finished her first year of high school basketball and volleyball season and was gearing up for soccer and track. During her illness Katie showed a positive and incredible spirit to fight this with all she had. To back things up, it was very ironic that she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma as that is the same cancer as my hero Terry Fox. Terry Fox was a young man who began to run across Canada ( 1980 marathon of Hope) Katie's diagnosis came as Canada was remembering 30 years previous when Terry Fox had began his journey. I had followed him as you see childhood cancer had already affected me and my family as I lost my twin brother John at age 6 to leukemia. So I was already very familiar with childhood cancer and the devastation it caused. We were very optimistic that Katie would beat this cancer. She showed great courage and determination and never got frustrated even though she was confined to a wheelchair due to the tumor. She even joked with her sister when she found out that she would likely lose her leg , her response was , " I will need only half as many razors now as I will have only one leg to shave" She was so positive that she said "now when I make the olympic team it will be for the paraolympics." She always found the positive in everything. Katie encouraged her family and friends to never give up and to always know that her God was "in control" and she had nothing to worry about. Her faith carried her during the 8 month battle. Katie peacefully passed away on Feb. 10, 2011 with her family by her side. Her life touched many in her community and around the world. Her funeral was attended by almost 1500 and was webcast around the world where people watched from places such as New Zealand, Japan , across the USA and all over Canada. Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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