Apr 27, 2018

My “wait and see” trial period came to an end on Friday. The months prior had been a great mental break from treatments and my lungs had time to do some healing! Unfortunately, the results of the PET scan has shown that the cancer has metastasized and spread a great deal throughout my body. It’s now in my bones, spleen, near kidneys, neck, cheek, etc..

So what comes next? Two biopsies (hopefully, next week). They’ll confirm whether this is still Hodgkins and a sample will al...so be sent to a clinical trial for CAR-T at the National Institute of Health. That trial offers my best shot. Depending on when I get into that study, I may have to start some chemo to reduce my HL symptoms (really high fevers, fatigue, etc...). Since chemo has never worked on me, I’m hoping I don’t have to do it again. But who knows? There’s always a first for everything... and my body does like to do the opposite of what’s expected!

Truthfully, I really wish I could share some exciting news instead of this, but I’ll just have to keep looking forward to when all this passes and I can do that one day. In the meantime, if you are looking to help me raise support to find cures for this nasty disease AND test your beach body - join my team for the Big Climb Philly May 19. It will be a great time and it’s just 46 flights of stairs at the FMC Tower. No biggie, right?!? If you want to join the team but are worried about the climb - don’t worry, I’ve got elevator access ;)

Join, donate, cheer for us, whatever works for you. I might be sidelined this year, but cancer is not going to stop me from doing what I can to make sure other individuals and families don’t go through this same nightmare.



Nov 27, 2017

Go Speedy Turtles!!!!

We are THRILLED to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) mission again for the Big Climb Philly 2018!!! We are climbing for so many individual reasons, but with one central purpose: To support advancements in cancer treatment and help ease the suffering of individuals and families impaced by these horrid diseases! Cancer has touched so many of our lives and while there have been many improvements in cancer treatment, it's not enough!

We have team members who have lost precious loved ones to this horrid disease and others who have survived. One of our team members, Katie, has been fighting refractory cancer for the past year. She's had ABVD chemo, ICE chemo, brentuximab, and immunotherapy (nivolumab), but has been refractory to each type of treatment. She is now about to start radiation treatment. What started out as a good outlook with hope for a cure from Hodgkin's Lymphoma has proven to be far more complicated. 

That being said, we recognize the absolute need for a cure for cancer, all types of cancer! Far too many children and adults are impacted by cancer and we climb to do our part in raising money to support cancer research. If not us, then who?!?

Please join us in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to our fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, our efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.

LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded druges are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit our Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere we thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit



To the Speedy Turtles Team: Good luck in reaching your goal!!! Katie: Best wishes for a complete recovery!!! Love, Evy Jordan
Evy Jordan,
You're an inspiration, Katie. You've got this!
Kylah Klinge,
Go Speedy Turtles!
You've got this Katie!! Now to find a cure!!
Juliann Ofodile,
Quilt Puzzle
Jody Bitzel,
Quilt Puzzlw
Peggy Kushman,
Speedy turtles quilt puzzle
Cindy Barone,
Quilt Puzzle
Kathleen A Nester,
Quilt puzzle
Helen Hailstone,
Go Speedy Turtles! :)
Ginger Cooper,
Quilt Puzzle
Mary Dulik,
Quilt Puzzle!
Shirley Knox,
Quilt puzzle
Correen Rooney,
Quilt Puzzle
Sarah Evans,
Quilt Puzzle
Jeanne Phillips,
Quilt Puzzle Good luck to all of you!
Katy Hoess,
Quilt Puzzle.
Sarah and Kevin Fox,
Quilt Puzzle
Lil Koster,
You go girls!!! With hope and love for all the Clawson clan. Luanne and Michael
Luanne Arico,
Love you heaps! Wish so much that I could be climbing with you!
Hayden Blythe,
Go Speedy Turtles
Aviele Koffler,
You all amaze me with your attitudes, optimism, caring and love! And, ummm, climbing 46 flights of stairs?!?! Get it, Speedy Turtles!
The Legg Family,
Katie you are Always in my HEART ❤️
Such an important cause - rooting for you!
Leslie Sullivan,
Go Team!!
Emily Zidanic,
Katie, You are an inspiration. Your courage and determination in the midst of this great challenge is incredible and beautiful. We wish we could be there to support you for your Big Philly Climb, but know we are cheering you on from afar! And we've been holding you in prayer throughout this whole journey. You are surrounded by people who love you and countless others will be blessed because of your tireless efforts to spread the word to end this ugly cancer. Go Speedy Turtles!!!
Stumpff family,

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  • Luanne Arico
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  • Christine DiJulio
  • Douglas Clawson
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  • Anonymous
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  • Bernadette Haertsch
  • Tammy Krause
  • Marcia Baker
  • Cindy Barone
  • Juliann Ofodile
  • Evy Jordan
  • Jane Curnow
  • The Legg Family
  • Maureen Stoe
  • Lori Kutch
  • William and Jane Marino
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  • Nancy Redfearn
  • Maya Sagi
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  • Anonymous
  • Suzanne Quinney
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  • Stumpff family
  • Emily Zidanic
  • Leslie Sullivan
  • Gretchen Gobris
  • Nancy and Joe Arico
  • Hayden Blythe
  • Kathy and Scott Blackburn
  • susie nuessle
  • Lil Koster
  • Katy Hoess
  • Jeanne Phillips
  • Sarah Evans
  • Correen Rooney
  • Shirley Knox
  • Mary Dulik
  • Ginger Cooper
  • Helen Hailstone
  • Kathleen A Nester
  • Peggy Kushman
  • Jody Bitzel
  • Alicia Liermann
  • Janet and Fred Nelson
  • Kylah Klinge