Katie Horton’s Story to be Featured Friday at Passport to the Cure

KatieHorton1.jpgI was diagnosed with cancer on November 17, 2008.


Everything began with a lymph node that you could palpate.  I figured it was a cyst – no big deal.  I was 25, worked out regularly, ate right, and I try to practice moderation.


Unfortunately the diagnosis was Cancer.


The worst part about the whole situation was telling my family and friends.  I hate to make people worry.


I got lucky- It was Hodgkin’s Disease- Stage 1B only four months of chemo and a month of radiation.  I say lucky because I know how much worse it could have been – I work in healthcare.  My doctors actually used the word curable, which is amazing and is the first way the American Cancer Society affected me.  Hodgkin’s lymphoma is “curable” because of years of research.  Research funded by organizations like the American Cancer Society.  I learned from my Radiation Physician about 10 years ago my cancer would have been treated with radiation- a lot of radiation to my torso.  That would increase my risk for future cancers and may affect my reproductive system.


There is a small chance my lymphoma could return but that chance is very low and, thanks to the many advances in research, I received treatment that has minimal side effects.  It’s like I am totally normal again!


I also have to thank the American Cancer Society for the sweetest wig ever!  I remember the fear of losing my hair- it was probably worse dreading it than when it finally happened.  I was mad at myself for caring so much about hair loss – chemo was saving my life.  This is the part of cancer I definitely learned from- it makes you tougher, more companionate, empathic, and grateful for everything you have.


It was after my second round of chemo that my best friend and I went to the wig bank.  The nicest volunteer helped me try on a few.  I found one that my best friend concluded looked way better than my real hair!  There was no way I could have afforded it otherwise.  My insurance coverage was not good so I was struggling paying oncology, pathology, and surgeon bills.  I am very grateful for this service and I know it affects so many women.  It was nice to have one less thing to worry about.


KatieHorton2.jpgI am so grateful for indirect and direct ways the American Cancer Society affected me.  I hope you will consider attending the Passport to the Cure event in Omaha since American Cancer Society Funding is vital – hopefully was can use the word “curable” with more cancers…perhaps eventually all of them.



Katie and many other cancer survivors like her will be attending Friday night’s Passport to the Cure Gala in Omaha.  If you’d like to attend, log on to www.passporttothecureomaha.org. 


Unique Young Professionals Event to Hit Omaha Aug. 7

 PassportLogo.jpgThe American Cancer Society is announcing the addition of a new social event that will target young professionals in Omaha called Passport to the Cure.  This event will be a new and exciting way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving research, education, advocacy and patient services.  Passport to the Cure will be held on Friday, August 7 at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.


Passport to the Cure begins at 7:00 p.m. and will feature more interactive events than a typical fundraising event.  Blue Sushi and Espana will be preparing food on-site while tarot card readers, magicians, a DJ, dancing and live and silent auctions will be part of the evening’s entertainment.  The event’s theme, “A Night in Miami”, will change each year offering new atmosphere and a new city theme with each year. 


“I’m very excited to be a part of Passport to the Cure, especially since it’s the first year of the event,” commented Andrea Wells, co-chair of the 2009 event.  “It has been so fulfilling to watch our committee grow and the event take shape.  The American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization that touches more lives and offers many more services than most people realize.  Our goal is not only to raise money for the American Cancer Society, but to also raise awareness about those services and how they can be a benefit to cancer patients and their families.


Tickets for the 2009 Passport to the Cure are $100 for individuals, a pair for $175 or a group of 10 for $900. Tickets are available on line only at www.PassportToTheCureOmaha.org.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Anyone wishing to receive more information on how to become a sponsor can log on to the web site or e-mail event chair Andrea Wells at andrea@nebraskaradiology.com.


For more information about Passport to the Cure or to find out how you can sponsor the event call 402-393-5801 or visit www.PassportToTheCureOmaha.org or www.cancer.org. You can also find out more information by visiting the Passport to the Cure page on Facebook.