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Katie’s Story: From Brain Cancer and a 1% Chance of Survival, to College Graduation


Katie Beets visits with Children's Hospital Colorado's Dr. Michael Handler, who removed Katie's brain tumor when she was eight years old.
Katie Beets visits with Children's Hospital Colorado's Dr. Michael Handler, who removed Katie's brain tumor when she was eight years old.

Nearly 20 years ago, Katie Beets was given less than a 1% chance of survival after being diagnosed with astrocytoma. Dr. Michael Handler, a then new neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital Colorado, offered to remove the 8-year-old’s brain tumor, with the caveat that she may never walk or talk.

Katie recently visited Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she delightfully reconnected with her hero, Dr.Handler, and other favorite doctors and nurses. A few days later, Katie graduated from college with honors, walked across the stage to receive her diploma and delivered the keynote address.

Learn more about Children's Hospital Colorado's Neuroscience Institute.

Katie will begin her new career as a medical assistant soon. One day, she hopes to work at Children's Colorado so she can help children who are in the place she once was.

Watch the 9News story about Katie's miraculous recovery.