Katie Kirkpatrick was dying, but she wasn’t going to let that stop her – especially on her wedding day. Her determination made for an incredible walk down the aisle, one that momentarily defied the odds stacked against her.
Katie Kirkpatrick’s illness marked a stark turn of events for the Metamora, Michigan, native. The high-school valedictorian and homecoming queen had moved onto Rochester College, where she earned a scholarship to play basketball.
But in February 2002, during her freshman year as a student-athlete, Kirkpatrick’s life changed dramatically. A brain tumor was found, and the growth was removed one month later.