My coworker sent this out to local campuses that knew Katie today. I know some of you remember my blogging about Katie as she went through her initial surgery and were always so wonderful about keeping her in your prayers.
Many of you will remember a 2005 alumni of Stony Point named Katie Ewing – a very sweet girl, clarinetist and drum major of the Tiger Band. Her senior year she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her knee and the day after UIL Marching Contest where she played the beautiful opening clarinet solo for “Rhapsody In Blue,” she lost her leg to the disease. Over the past two years, Katie has battled the cancer as it appeared all around her body. She was in and out of M. D. Anderson in Houston a variety of times. She came to visit me a couple of months ago (as she did regularly) and though she looked great and seemed in good spirits, she informed me that the cancer had now appeared in her lungs and she was going to have to return to Houston for a pretty drastic round of chemo & radiation. She was also engaged to be married. Upon returning to Houston, the doctors were unable to do anything due to complications from her already weak body. Returning to Austin, her parents were hoping she could just make it to her 21st birthday.
From what I understand, she got progressively worse and this past week was admitted to Brackenridge hospital. She had to be placed on a breathing apparatus and the goal was to make her as comfortable as possible.
Katie died peacefully last night, Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Brackenridge Hospital.
Katie will always be remembered as a vibrant young lady – dedicated, mature and responsible. She was well-liked and respected by her teachers and peers and was a role model for all who knew her. What I will remember most is that she was always cheerful and optimistic – through everything.
God bless you, Katie.
I will email again with information about her memorial service as soon as I receive it.
Brian Sedatole, Director
Stony Point High School Band
Round Rock, TX 78664
“To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” -Beethoven