Today I would like to pay a tribute to Kate.

She was a strong and determined woman who valiantly fought breast cancer for more than five years, though she was initially given a stage 4 diagnosis.

Kate lived in Holland and the treatment protocols (some experimental) were quite advanced.  Hopefully, the reactions that her body gave to the various therapies will further advance treatment of metastasis and breast cancer for others in the future.  She fought the good fight without complaint.  Only optimism was expressed by her regardless of the prognosis.

Kate leaves behind a loving husband who stayed by her side and helped her through her crises, and a beautiful, loving daughter…one that everyone could be proud of.

So, I raise my wine glass to you Kate.  Rest in peace.  You made a difference.  You will be remembered.