Seattle Christian senior Katie Collier has made national headlines for more than just her basketball skills. The University of Washington-bound player was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in September, but she was selected to play in today's McDonald's All-America Game in Chicago. According to a story by Scott Johnson of the Daily Herald in Everett, Collier is one treatment away from being declared cancer-free.
Before flying to Chicago, Collier visited the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, where Finley teenager Abi Hamlin, a River View student fighting acute myelogenous leukemia, was recovering from a round of chemotherapy. The two took a photo that was published on the Everett Herald's website. Hamlin and Collier are both high school seniors and athletes, so I'm sure they had plenty to talk about.
Reading Collier's story reminded me a lot of what it was like interviewing Hamlin. Some of their words seemed to echo each other. Though Hamlin must fight the illness a second time, she seems to have the same dogged determination she had the first time. And through their stories, Hamlin and Collier have taught a lot of people the value of a positive attitude.