Walking off the softball field at the end of the season, Katielee Kaner had one thought: “I’m hungry, can we go now?” Looking back, the then-sophomore at South Forsyth High School wishes she had paused a little bit longer in the outfield grass. Katielee didn’t know she had just played the last game of her career.
As she began preparing for her junior season, Katielee had a nagging ankle injury. In April the pain and swelling got so bad it warranted a trip to the Emergency Department.
The immediate diagnosis was a fractured ankle, but she was sent to an orthopaedic doctor for an MRI and then to a specialist. The then-16-year-old was ultimately diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor that generally affects children.
The tumor in Katielee’s left leg was 10 inches long, requiring her to undergo surgery and begin chemotherapy treatments at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.