Kathi Goertzen has died after a battle with brain tumors. The KOMO news anchor fought a courageous battle, letting the public see just how debilitating a brain tumor can be.
Kathi was just 54 years old.
Just last week, it was reported that Kathi was back in the hospital after a "setback". The TV personality was undergoing a new treatment in hopes of eradicating her tumors, which had plagued her for 12 years, when she developed pneumonia. Just days later, she passed away.
Colleagues at KOMO describe Kathi as an "angel" and a "friend" who they believe will no longer be suffering from the effects of the tumors.
Here's what the news director at KOMO had to say about the loss of a dear friend:
Our co-worker, our angel, our precious friend, Kathi Goertzen, died today, surrounded by her loving family.
The long fight against the tumors that have ravaged her brain is over. She is at peace now, comfortable and surrounded by all that is good.
Please know, as we do, that your love enveloped her. It strengthened and encouraged her.
She loved your compassion and concern more than you'll ever know. You helped her fight a valiant fight. We want to thank each and every one of you for that.
You truly made a difference in our friend's life. Kathi spoke of her own mortality with courage. She was a woman of great faith who was confident in the knowledge that her life on this earth was but one chapter in her journey. Kathi is with God now, of that we are sure.
There is no more pain and suffering. We hope you find comfort in the words she spoke when talking about this day:
"I'm not afraid to die. I have a great belief, a great faith there's more. There's more to me, there's more to this life."
Kathi Goertzen will be remembered by her colleagues and viewers as a woman who exemplified courage and faced her fears head on. May she forever rest in peace.
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