Katie Rose Oppo

Katie Rose Oppo was born on June 19, 1991 in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from Manhasset High School in 2009. Her intellectual achievements, coupled with her love of the sciences, led her to choose Johns Hopkins University. At school, Katie focused on completing the pre-med requirements in preparation for fulfilling her dream of becoming a physician.

In August 2010, prior to her sophomore year at Hopkins, Katie was diagnosed with Stage IV Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary, Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT).  At 19 years old, when your life is just beginning, can you imagine being faced with an extremely rare and life threatening disease? Katie was shocked by the lack of information surrounding SCCOHT. While she endured intensive chemotherapy under the care of several outstanding physicians, Katie continued to maintain a positive outlook and counter each obstacle with dignity and grace.

On April 11, 2011, after valiantly battling her illness for eight months, Katie left this world without ever giving up hope. She had a unique impact on all who were fortunate enough to have known her, as well as those who only knew her through her story. It is her wish that we shed light on this rare and life threatening disease. Your contributions will be put towards fulfilling Katie’s dream.

“I read somewhere that false hope does not exist, and it was something that stuck in my mind. Because hope in itself is never guaranteed, it can’t be false in the same way that it can’t be true. Life without hope is similar in my mind to a life without dreams or goals-not really a life at all. That’s why I promise myself that I will never give up hope. That is not to say that there isn’t such a thing as being naive, because of course there is an overruling sense of logic in my mind that tells me when things are “likely” versus “unlikely.” 

Hope by Katie Oppo 11/3/2010