Katie Elliott Posted April 3, 2013 by The Dragon's Last Ride




Katie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her left tibia just three days after her 15th birthday and the start of high school. In just the first two months, Katie endured intense chemotherapy, limb salvage surgery to remove the tumor that required she have her entire left knee removed and replaced with titanium and stainless steel. In the ensuing 12 months, she continued with chemotherapy and experienced continuous infections, nausea, vomiting, frustration, disappointment, and immense pain. She missed school, carefree teenage years, and special times with family and friends.

In July 2012, her end of treatment scans were clear of disease, however she still had a dangerous persistent infection in her leg. By the time her three-month post treatment scans were performed, the cancer had returned and metastasized to both of her lungs.

She had four thoracotomies and one lobectomy to remove the cancer that kept coming back again and again. Her scans in March 2014, revealed more tumors in her lung…again. Katie had run out of treatment options.

Katie succumbed to the cancer on January 28, 2015. She packed so much life and love into her short 18 years and it was her wish to continue to help others wherever we could.



  • Linda Schuster April 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    What a brave and beautiful young woman. Her smile is an inspiration.


  • Chuck Nation April 9, 2013 at 6:02 am

    My prayers go out to you Katie you are the strongest woman I know out there you have more heart and always smiling love you and we are all praying for you love uncle chuck


  • Anne Pilgrim April 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Katie is one of the warrior girl/ young women of this generation. She is loving, caring and tough. Yet she gives hope to so many of her friends she has met on this journey..She gives back to causes that touch her soul and heart, like the Christmas giving to little ones..She is beautiful, smiling, giving, intelligent, but foremost, she is a warrior, a survivor. She takes her life and shares it..yes she has grown into a young woman way to fast, because she had to take charge of her illness. Katie is amazing..Set up the fight and she will put on the gloves….Love her, Anne Pilgrim


  • Jo Ann Boulter April 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Katie! What a beautiful young lady you have grown into!

    We on the Pecos Prayer Warriors (625) have kept you in our prayers for these many months and will continue till you are back in Alaska for good!

    Love & prayers, Jo Ann (your aunt Anne’s friend)
    Psalms 121: 1 & 2


  • Ingrid Thompson April 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Katie! You are an amazing and strong young woman!!!


  • Debbie Osgood April 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

    What a brave and beauiful young lady you are. You will be in my thoughts and prayers you are the perfect example of beauty inside and out. Not to mention a great fighter. Love & prayers out to you. Debbie ( your mom’s friend)


  • Kathy Opie April 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Katie your courage beauty and strength continue to inspire all of us. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Patty Miller April 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Katie is a true fighter, but behind each fighter there is an amazing coach. Darlis, what a coach and support you are. God bless you all and many prayers coming your way!!!


  • Dana April 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    She is a very brave and determined woman. Our prayers are with you. Take care


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