Kori was a beautiful, intelligent, active 13-year-old when she was diagnosed with metastatic Pelvic Ewing's Sarcoma in December, 2008. She endured 25 radiation treatments and 14 rounds of chemotherapy—with grace and courage… and all while continuing to play soccer! She amazes everyone with her tenacity. Her passion is soccer, and plans to one day become a doctor. Her family started a foundation, in honor of Kori's brave battle, to help other children in Missouri who have been diagnosed with Cancer. Kori is considered to be in remission. While her family is ecstatic about this news, they are also determined to take this news 3 months at a time, as Ewing's is a very aggressive cancer and has a tendency to come back with a vengeance. They continue to celebrate each and every day and know that she is living her life to the fullest!!
**Update**: In august, 2010, small nodules were found in Kori's lungs, and quite curiously, a dead tumor found in her leg; she had surgery to remove the lung nodules, and dead tumor from her leg, and has finished an intense radiation schedule. She is still on chemo, and rehab for her leg so she can be back on the soccer field as soon as possible!
* Pelvic Ewing's is a sub-type of Ewing's Sarcoma, and has a 50% survival rate. Ewing's Sarcoma is a highly aggressive and malignant form of pediatric bone cancer, which can be found in both bone and soft tissue. Ewing's is caused by a genetic accident, which occurs when two chromosomes transpose at the time of fetal development. The recurrence rate for Ewing's is 50%, and has no known cure for recurrence.