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Percy Allen - November 2015
As she runs down the basketball court in all of her 6-foot-3 glory, one may not believe that just four years ago Katie Collier had been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia at the age of 18. Yet, Collier describes her bout with cancer as "not even a negative thing". According to family and friends, and especially her coach Mike Neighbors, this is not a surprising attitude for the junior forward. Neighbors states, "She's amazing. There's a lot of 6-3 kids running around Seattle but they don't have her mental toughness."
Just three months after her diagnosis, while undergoing arsenic-drip chemotherapy resulting in energy and weight loss, Collier was back on the court, finishing the season in the McDonald's All-American game. Coach Neighbors avoids using cliche's but says she is a role model, "I think there's a huge difference between being motivational and inspirational. She's inspirational."
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Original source: www.seattletimes.com