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Katherine the Brave and her fight with DIPG
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This is Katherine or “Katie” King. Also known by 1,000’s as Katherine The Brave. Katherine was diagnosed on June 2, 2015, with DIPG. Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors found at the base of the brain. It is a disease which strikes at the heart of childhood. This disease has a 0% survival rate on record. Her parents Jaime and David King talk to, see and contact many Doctors from many hospitals to try and find some kind of miracle to save their daughter, but it all ends with one general idea, make her comfortable, and consider palliative (hospice) care. Her parents are her biggest fighters and advocates for spreading her story and getting the word out about this horrible life shattering disease that soon will take the life of their vibrant 7 year old girl.
Ellen, we are reaching out to you so you can help Katie achieve some of dreams before she leaves to join the angels in heaven. She is a smart beautiful young girl that deserves so much more than no hope of survival. Her family and friends have been devastated ever since this diagnosis on June 2, 2015 when she was only given a 9 month survival rate. Well Katie is a fighter and she has survived beyond that 9 month period, but her Mom knows her time here is getting short. And the family would so appreciate any help you can give to share her story and her fight with DIPG. So that other parents and kids, when told that they have DIPG and a 9 month survival rate, are not stuck with no hope as they have been given. This not only affects Katherine, it affects hundreds of warriors who are rooting for her, and hoping for a better outcome. She has sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and countless friends who are left to wonder why, and hurt along with them. This situation should never be.
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Paul Nalvarte 330 points
Please take a look at her story! Here's her viral video:
+42 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Brenda Velazquez
Please make Katie's wish come true!!!
ribbon53 100 points
I voted---I have followed this precious girl from the beginning. Prayers to her and her family every day.   Not fair.  She so deserves this.  HUGS
anonymous
God bless this beautiful girl and her family.  This must be so tremendously difficult
ForKatieKing1218 350 points
Beautiful, wonderful girl. So strong and so brave!
+21 votes
Mar 30, 2016
yesenia.villagomez50 340 points
10 times the vote for this little angel! I can't imagine a most deserving little girl! She inspires me to be a better person everyday. Beautiful,  strong and brave!
+17 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Jenifer Peterson 380 points
One of the strongest 7 year old's I know! #KatherineTheBrave is truly brave. Her fight and will to live has been so strong. She deserves so much more in life. #4percentisnotenough
+17 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Dayynuh16 350 points
Pick Katherine! She's the definition of a #warrior a #hero and a deserving child.
+15 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Shelley J
Voting for Katie as well as raising awareness for DIPG so that she & all the other children like her as well as their families can have what they deserve... HOPE & a fighting chance for survival!!!
+14 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Tiales 360 points
#Katherinethebrave #ellendegeneres
You've got my vote sweetie, stay strong!!!
+13 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Nancy Llamas
I have followed Katie's life story from the beginning and it breaks me down to see what this brain tumor is doing to this awesome little girl and her family. Please Ellen, help them if you can!  Thank you and God bless!
+12 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Kimgalli 350 points
Katherine the brave....Ellen you won't regret it! #katherinethebrave
+12 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Tupperware By Leila
Love watching this strong, spirited young girl keep on fighting.  I do pray her tumor "blows away in the clouds" for her.
+12 votes
Mar 30, 2016
anonymous
I was touched by Katie's life story and have been following, rooting, and praying for her ever since.  I met Katie only once as I was delivering a donation for a group along with a small gift from my family.  She didn't know me.  However, in just that very short time I met with her and her family, I felt I met the most loving and caring family.  Katie gave me a hug and asked me when she would see me again.  She kept waving goodbye as I left.  She is the sweetest.  I had to fight back tears.  Ellen, please help spread the word about this childhood cancer.  We need to help Katie and all the other children fighting this!
+12 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Gina Ruiz 340 points
Lets go for Katie
+11 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Tannya J.
A story worth sharing! Pls make this Angels dream come true!!!
+10 votes
Mar 30, 2016
anonymous
lets help Katherine be recognized by Ellen and make some of her wishes come true!
+10 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Lisa Heckenkemper 660 points
Please help get #KatherineTheBrave get her story out there and bring awareness to #DIPG.  Because 4% for our children is no where near enough, they deserve so much more.  Just look at this beautiful little girl who is fighting to live.. Katie and her family are one of the strongest and most amazing families.  Please help them #ellen.  ❤️
+9 votes
Mar 31, 2016
tammylynn1129 390 points
Ellen...  Please help this little girl.  She is fighting a battle no 7 year old kid should have to fight.  She is amazing and her family is amazing...  and they need you.  I know if we reach you...  you will help.  Please....   This family deserves something good...  and i know you would help.  <3  #ellen #katherinethebrave
+8 votes
Mar 30, 2016
anonymous
Please help Katie's dreams become a reality!  Thoughts and Prayers for Katie
+8 votes
Mar 31, 2016
Paula Calzada 290 points
Katherine has captured our hearts here at my ranch, where her special Unicorn Star lives, I call Katherine "The Collector of Hearts"  Katherine is very special to us and I would trade places with her in a heartbeat.
+7 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Debra Lynn Love 300 points
I'm voting for this beautiful brave girl!!  This girl's story needs to be heard!!
+7 votes
Mar 30, 2016
katieswarriors 640 points
Please everyone!!  Please vote!  It is very quick to register and then vote!!  Lets get Katherine's votes up and get her noticed by Ellen!!  Please #ellendegeneres this family would love to meet you and spread awareness of DIPG to your viewers!!!  Katherine is the strongest little girl who continues to fight every day!!!
+7 votes
Mar 31, 2016
Sabrina Miernik 930 points
What are these points for? I keep giving people +1 on their comments but I don't know what it's for.
Jackangel 280 points
To Ellen's show:  this is a prevalent affliction with important awareness growing--CA Congressman Steve Knight introduced HRes586 last January for more consideration for low-survival rate cancers and years of life lost in the NCI research grant process, and the 4th week in May to be designated as DIPG Awareness Week.  Over the decades, thousands of such children have died with little to no effort from our medical research system to save them.  Thousands of families have learned that their child's life is just a number to a system that favors quick returns on investment dollars rather than the value of our children's lives and the longer-term value of finding a cure for cancer.  Please have Katie on your show!  Before my son died of DIPG, a friend tried to get his story on your show to no avail...please have Katie and her family on your show; thank you.  You won't believe how this is tied into the larger issue of childhood cancer and the systematic neglect of medical research for them.  You will be glad you helped raise awareness for DIPG xoxo
+7 votes
Mar 31, 2016
nolabound 320 points
Yes, I could not agree more--
Mary Parker
As a ChadTough Champion (Ann Arbor, MI), warm thoughts and prayers are being sent to KATHERINE THE BRAVE.  May your special wishes be granted by ELLEN.
+7 votes
Mar 31, 2016
nolabound 320 points
Remembering Chad Carr!
mfluger 270 points
Ellen, please help this beautiful child and her family.  She is an amazing warrior and has been fighting so hard to survive!
+6 votes
Mar 30, 2016
jaruhl 270 points
Katie is one of the greatest warriors I know. she deserves the world.
+6 votes
Mar 30, 2016
kg4bet 320 points
Our prayers are with you God Bless #KatherineTheBrave
+6 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Mary Roberds 270 points
Please Ellen help Katherine by making her wish to meet you come true. She has been through so much and keeps smiling even though she is scared. She does not have much time left. I have followed her story for a long time. I also followed Alex Shepard's story closely. He was so happy to be on your show. I am still in contact with his mom Aushna. Alex was a special kid. So is Katherine. These two precious children have impacted so many people their short lives. Katherine deserves to be happy in her last days. Thank you!!
+6 votes
Mar 30, 2016
anonymous
If anybody is deserves this it's this little girl
+6 votes
Mar 30, 2016
anonymous
This girl gets my vote!  Stay Strong Katie!
+6 votes
Mar 30, 2016
lynnv1 260 points
Please consider Katherine's wish, all little girls should have their wish come true. She is fighting so hard along with her family and friends.
+6 votes
Mar 31, 2016
anonymous
This beautiful young girl deserves so much more than the diagnosis she was dealt.  Please help her dreams come true.
#katherinethebrave
+6 votes
Mar 31, 2016
Jennifer Currie 320 points
I would vote 1000 times for this young sweetheart! So brave so beautiful go Katherine!
+6 votes
Mar 31, 2016
anonymous
Katherine has always been my hero. Such a strong beautiful little girl
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
anonymous
Please Ellen Help this child and her wonderful family!
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
pinkymom 250 points
Katie deserve a beautiful life. Please, please, please hear her.
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
Sabrina Miernik 930 points
We love Katherine The Brave !!!!
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
sparklemom 250 points
This sweet and brave little girl has my vote too.  Please pick her!
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
iluvaaaa 250 points
Please help that beautiful lil girl Katie and her parents no child or parents should have to go threw this.this is life and death for a child it's so horrible how her medical expenses are not paid for by her insurance....
+5 votes
Mar 30, 2016
AmyLee 270 points
Voting for Katie and raising awareness for DIPG. Our babies should not have to suffer this way!
+5 votes
Mar 31, 2016
Michelle Marie Campb 240 points
I know Katherine the Brave and she is truly an angel sent and now being taken from above. I can't help but believe that someone out there must know of a way to give this precious gift more time here with us. Please spread the word. (I'm not sure how to vote though)
+5 votes
Mar 31, 2016
anonymous
Prayes for  Katie wish come true.
+5 votes
Mar 31, 2016
Mybyrnside 480 points
Please Ellen, make this precious child's wish come true. It would be so exciting for her, and would raise much needed awareness of the lack of funding for pediatric brain tumors. No child and no family should have to hear a diagnosis of a fatal disease with no treatment and no hope for survival. Please help!
+5 votes
Mar 31, 2016
nolabound 320 points
It would mean the world to many families who have traveled this journey.
Plunder 690 points
Please help Katherine the Brave get her wishes. She is a beautiful girl wiith such a radiant smile, acknowledge her before this DIPG monster takes that from all.  DIPG needs to be deafeated and without Foundations and Charities like the ChadTough Foundation this will not happen.  The large Cancer societies and such only use 1-4% of their donations towards pediatric cancers including DIPG.  I am proud to say I am a ChadTough Champion (RIP Chad Carr and keep those orange sunrises and sunsets coming)  Looking forward to seeing Katherine on your show.  Hugs to Katherine and my prayers continue daily for you, your family and the medical staff involved in your care.
+5 votes
Mar 31, 2016
nolabound 320 points
I too am a Chad Tough Champion !  Hoping to bring awareness of DIPG through the Ellen Show and also give Katherine her dream.
anonymous
She gets my vote
+4 votes
Mar 31, 2016
LIFESAVERDES 230 points
Katherine the Brave!!
+4 votes
Mar 31, 2016
anonymous
I hope you get selected Katie. Your story should be shared <3
+3 votes
Mar 31, 2016
Janet Smith 350 points
Please make this amazingly brave little girls wish come true!!
+3 votes
Apr 1, 2016
traciel 190 points
Katie is such a brave little fighter.  I think by Ellen making her dreams come true and shedding light on this horrible disease of DIPG would be such a wonderful and beautiful thing to bring awareness to this disease and other childhood cancers.  Katie is such a brave and beautiful young lady. Ellen please pick Katherine The Brave <3!
+2 votes
Apr 1, 2016
anonymous
Ellen, please help this precious little girl.
+2 votes
Apr 1, 2016
rhondunn 730 points
Such a sweet beautiful face. Please help Katherine to raise awareness for DIPG, and put a smile on her precious face. What an amazing angel! God Bless you Katie.
+2 votes
Apr 1, 2016
Pam Olsen 190 points
Please make this beautiful girls dreams come true.  She needs our help. Precious.
+2 votes
Apr 1, 2016
rladabouche 190 points
Thinking of this sweet girl and her family <3 #KatherinetheBrave
+2 votes
Apr 1, 2016
anonymous
Please help her Ellen - you are a kind and generous person and the Kings need help to assure their little girl spends her last days on earth doing wonderful, fun filled, childish things.  Pony rides, Disneyland and anything else her heart desires.  Please take a look at that face and help her.
+2 votes
Apr 1, 2016
irenetc729 180 points
Dear Ellen, I would like to thank you for your kindness in giving us the opportunity to share our stories here on ellenNation.  There are so many stories out there that tug at my heart, but there is one in particular, Katherine the Brave,  She really has really touched my heart in a big way.  She has an incurable disease call D.I.P.G, short for  Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas.  You see, Ellen,  D.I.P.G. is a disease which strikes at the heart of childhood and it is a disease in desperate need of a cure.  It is agressive and difficult to treat.    These tumors are found in an area of the brainstem (the lowest, stem-like part of the brain) called the pons, which controls many of the body’s most vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. Treatment for DIPG may include radiation therapy and experimental chemotherapy. Unfortunately, complete surgical removal is not an option in the treatment of these tumors, because of their location in the brainstem. Surgery in this part of the brain can cause severe neurological damage and affect the body’s most vital functions; only biopsies can be performed safely. Basically, Ellen,  the prognosis for DIPGs remains very poor in children with this disease. They only live less than a year from when they were diagnosed.   That is why it is so important for Katherine the Great have her wish come true. Time is running out for her.  She has been so very brave through all of  this.  She is a real fighter.  Please help make everyone aware of this devastating disease so there may be a cure someday and to help others overcome this terrible disease.  Thank you again, Ellen for all you do for people.  You are such an honorable person.
+2 votes
Apr 4, 2016
anonymous
Blessings for Katherine the BRAVE!
+1 vote
Apr 1, 2016
Irene Florio Cancian 160 points
Dear Lord, please give Katherine her wish. Please give her tumor to the clouds.  This sweet child is so deserving of a full life. Please let her live.   Thank you, In Jesus' Name I Pray!
+1 vote
Apr 1, 2016
anonymous
please help this family
+1 vote
Apr 2, 2016
anonymous
Please,please pick Katherine King!!!!! I've been following her for months now. I to along with her family, friends and supporters would love to see her dreams come true!! She is the ultimate fighter and deserves for her wish to come true!!!! please help spread awareness about DIPG!!!
+1 vote
Apr 2, 2016
anonymous
God Bless.
+1 vote
Apr 3, 2016
Sandra
God Bless this beautiful, precious girl. Sending prayers to help this family in their most difficult time #KatherineTheBrave
+1 vote
Apr 3, 2016
12 170 points
Praying for you Princess!  May all your dreams come true!  May the clouds be waiting to catch your tumor!!
+1 vote
Apr 4, 2016
ronnyl056 170 points
These precious children need a voice.
+1 vote
Apr 4, 2016
anonymous
Please give Katie a time to remember
+1 vote
Apr 4, 2016
Cynthia 190 points
Prayers are with you. Ellen please help Katherine the Brave realize her dreams!!
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
motleymom 170 points
Come on, Katie! Love, Love, Love you so much baby girl <3
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
Laura
God Bless Katie and her family! Ellen, please pick Katherine The Brave.
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
tina624145 180 points
Katie...you have changed my life. We gotta keep fighting, every one is fighting for you.
You have the strength, you are beautiful, intelligent, strong and I am so happy to know you.
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
Kymamacat 170 points
Katherine is a remarkable little angel.  She trudges through like a trooper. :)
They have fought a battle with insurance companies wanting to cover or allow particular treatments that would possibly help to fight the tumor.
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
KFae 170 points
Katie's a sweet kid who deserves so much. Please help her.
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
Karlie Allen 160 points
What a beautiful, strong and brave girl!!
+1 vote
Apr 5, 2016
Leondra Muñoz 140 points
Please help Katie spread awareness about DIPG. More research is needed to help these little fighters. Love you Katie!
0 votes
Apr 9, 2016
anonymous
God bless her and her family.  May the have the strength to keep fighting!
0 votes
Apr 20, 2016
anonymous
we love you ellen, and we love Katie.. please pick katie.. her family is amazing and so is katie.. please have them on the show..
0 votes
Apr 30, 2016
SuperAwesome 4,330 points
Keep on fighting Katie!
0 votes
Aug 5, 2016