In 2017 Katie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. She spent 9 months on Ward 3B and even though being in hospital was serious, she says it was such a happy period of her life. Katie told us: “All the nurses on the ward were AMAZING and are real life super heroes. They helped me through my chemo and were by my side every step of the way. They made me smile in my darkest times and picked me up when I was at my lowest. They helped to save my life and I will forever be in debt to them all.”
Katie says that she fundraises for Alder Hey because she want to give back for everything that the staff have done to help her and all the other patients. She loves to help Alder Hey by providing them with something in return for the care they gave to her. In her time as a fundraiser, Katie has taken on sponsored walks, organised cake sales and bucket collections, held hamper raffles, car boot sales, a non-uniform day her primary school and donated her birthday money to the charity.
Katie said: “I love Alder Hey because it feels like my second home. The moment you walk through the doors you feel safe and reassured, like someone has wrapped a blanket around you and told you everything is going to be okay. Everyone is always so friendly and helpful and this eases any stress or worries you may have of what’s ahead. I enjoy going back to Alder Hey for check ups because you get to see everyone who helped you through the hardest part of your life and show them how far you have come because of them. Thank you Alder Hey.”