Northwest Sarcoma Foundation is very pleased to announce the addition of Katie Horner to its team of staff. Katie brings particular passion to the position of Washington Regional Director because of her personal experience with sarcoma cancer―it took her mother, the inspiration for Dragonslayer Team Karla, from her and her family. Katie has been in the position of being a Dragonslayer alongside her mother and in memorial to her mother. Since then she has mobilized volunteers, assisted administrators, and organized events to honor those affected by sarcoma cancer. This experience, as well as that which she gained running her own business from 2008-2013, has provided her with the skills to step into the Regional Director position and begin making an impact in short time.
Pictured: Katie with her son Carter at the 2016 Seattle Dragonslayer walk
MY STORY: Why I am a Dragonslayer
Although this is my first year organizing the Dragonsalyer walk as an employee of the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, I have been a Dragonslayer for many years. Since 2007 my family and I have organized Team Karla in memory of my mother Karla Hill. She is the reason I am a Dragonslayer.
Karla Hill 3/17/1965 - 9/28/2007
As an only child I grew up very close to my mother. She was my best friend, and my biggest supporter. We did everything together and had a great time doing it! Mom had an incredible energy that turned even the most mundane activities into an exciting adventure. She was active and a health nut; definitely the last person we would expect to have cancer.
Entering early adulthood without a mother was a tough road, especially when you have watched your mother be taken by a disease like sarcoma. This is the reason I continue to fight the sarcoma dragon today. I hope my efforts can someday ensure no one has to lose a loved one to sarcoma.
Team Karla has kept mom’s memory alive since her passing September 28, 2007. Her friends and family join us every year to remind us of the good times, her incredible energy, and the impact she continues to have on so many people’s lives.