It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.
This is about a woman I've never met. This is about a woman who is a fighter. This is about a woman who was an inspiration.
Kathi Goertzen was a new anchor on Seattle's KOMO 4 news. She's been on my TV every night since I was very very young. Kathy had a winning smile and a loving heart.
She also had brain tumors.
Kathi's struggle with the tumors started 14 years ago. Within 10 years she had three surgeries to remove as much of the tumors as they could. At first, doctors thought the tumors were benign, but as they kept growing back Kathi's treatments started getting more aggressive.
Seattle lost Kathi yesterday. She'd started a new drug doctors thought would get rid of her tumors just last week, but she also caught pneumonia and couldn't fight it.
I think all of Seattle shed a tear last night. We've lost someone we actually thought we knew. We lost someone we thought would get through it. We lost someone we looked up to.
My thoughts and prayers are with Kathi's family in this very difficult time.
Goodbye Kathi, we love you.
Here is a wonderful tribute to Kathi by her KOMO co-anchor.