After finishing basketball practice Wednesday, Katie Collier decided to head to L.A. Fitness.
The University of Washington-bound Seattle Christian senior wanted to get in a second workout, make sure she was ready for the Warriors upcoming game against Cascade Christian.
This isn’t out of ordinary for elite athletes, but Collier continues to battle acute promyelocytic leukemia.
“I’ve really been pushing myself to get better and get back up to what I’m usually doing,” Collier said. “That’s important to me.”
Collier, who starts her final round of chemotherapy Monday, has been feeling better lately. She manages waves of nausea, but has been able to practice and play with her teammates.
“You’ve got to do what has to get done,” Collier said. “It feels great, even the fact I can go to practice and then go work out. It’s a great feeling.”
She is confident that once she finishes her treatment she will be given a clean bill of health.
“I should be all cured,” Collier said.
Collier scored 21 points in the Warriors’ last game against Orting. Her performance vaulted her past former teammate Lexi Petersen — now a freshman at Oregon — into first place on the school’s career scoring list.
“I didn’t know about it until halftime and coach was like, ‘you just need five more points and you can break the record,'” Collier said. “I had no idea.
“It’s ridiculous. I honestly didn’t think it was possible. It really didn’t cross my radar, actually. It’s unbelievable.”
Since being diagnosed in September, the local basketball community has rallied around Collier with various high schools holding fund-raisers for the senior. Both Newport and King’s donated the proceeds from their Cancer Awareness Nights to Collier, helping to ease the burden of her medical bills.
“I just feel so privileged, honestly,” Collier said. “It’s unbelievable. I didn’t realize I made an impression on these people. I just show up and play basketball. It just goes to show how, when times are tough, people really come and support one another.”
Here is the story I wrote about Collier after she was first diagnosed. Click here.