Fight Like Kate: Beat Breast Cancer

$9,954 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 9 months
Colleen Glenney
on behalf of Kathleen Watts
 KELLER, TX
Kate (Glenney) Watts was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer on May 16, 2017 at age 43 after noticing an inflamed area of her breast just two weeks prior. The cancer Kate has is known as invasive triple negative micropapillary ductal carcinoma. In addition, it is inflammatory breast cancer. In short, it is extremely aggressive and rare.   Kate will start with 5 months of chemotherapy, followed by a mastectomy, followed by 6 and a half weeks of radiation 5x/week, plus additional chemo if needed. Currently Kate's cancer is staged as a 3c on a scale of 1-4. We are praying that it hasn't metastasized yet which would make it grade 4. There are two 3 cm tumors in Kate's right breast, and we do know it has moved into the nearby lymph nodes. 
Kate will find out if it has spread to any other organs after she has additional scans in the next week. 

Kate is a single mother to a beautiful 8 year old named Jenna. She has a ton of support in friends and family; however, the out-of-pocket costs for her treatments is estimated at $7000 for the first year alone. While Kate will go on short-term disability leave to recover from the mastectomy, it only provides 60% of her pay. Therefore, we are starting this fund to provide some peace of mind for Kate as she prepares for the biggest fight of her life.
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Hi everyone! So yesterday was a big day for Kate - head shaved and wig fitted. The timing was perfect because her hair started falling out last week. Kate's now had 2 chemo treatments and the doctor was able to tell a decrease in tumor size even after the first treatment! So that was very encouraging news. Kate's still feeling pretty good overall, as long as she gets good naps in (which is one of her favorite things in the world anyway, so she doesn't need much encouragement). Here are some pics of the big day and the unveiling of Lola, her new awesome wig!
Shaving the head
Getting some love from her friend Karin
Kate and her friends there in support!
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You guys! You guys! An anonymous donor donated enough to meet our $7000 goal!!!! This is so amazing and absolutely tear-inducing. Kate just had to pay $6400 out of pocket today for her treatment and so this couldn't come at a better time. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!! Here's a pic of the happy camper starting her fight with her first chemo infusion today - look at that smiling face. She's going to beat this thing!
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Hello everyone - thank you so much for your donations. We were thrilled to find out today that Kate's cancer has NOT metastasized beyond some lymph nodes. Her cancer is still at stage 3C on a scale of 1-4, due to its aggressive nature, but now she has a fighting chance and we can talk about the fight vs life expectancy.

Kate starts chemo tomorrow and will do that for the next 5 months, followed by mastectomy and radiation. The support she (and we) have gotten from everyone is absolutely stunning. Thank you for your love and support - now watch Kate beat the crap out of cancer!
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Fight Like Kate: Beat Breast Cancer has reached 50% of its goal!! Thanks to EVERYONE!!!!
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Nick Alioto
10 days ago

I just learned of your battle! I wish you the best speedy and complete recovery as you are so strong-willed and positive so you will conquer this!

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Heather Paxton Covert
9 months ago

Love you Kate !!! You got this #fightlikekate

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$9,954 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 9 months
Created May 19, 2017
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$30
Angela Evans
2 months ago

Will continue to believe for healing of your body!

GC
$100
Gia Clarke
3 months ago

Kate, I was supposed to send this last month, sorry! You are strong and SO inspirational. Love you, Gia

$50
Megan Dittrich-Reed
3 months ago

LOVE you, Kate! Kick this thing's butt!

Nick Alioto
10 days ago

I just learned of your battle! I wish you the best speedy and complete recovery as you are so strong-willed and positive so you will conquer this!

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Heather Paxton Covert
9 months ago

Love you Kate !!! You got this #fightlikekate

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