A 10-year-old Knox girl whose brave fight with cancer united Starke County residents and drew support from around the world will be laid to rest this weekend. Korie Howard died early Thursday morning. Her funeral will take place Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. CST at the Knox High School gymnasium. Friends, fans and family members can pay their respects tomorrow from 2 until 6 p.m. CST at the Knox High School gym. The Facebook page “Korie Howard’s Fan Club!! Fight Like a Girl Korie” has more than 11,000 members, many of whom continue to post messages of love and support for her family.
Funeral services for Korie Howard, 10, of Knox, Indiana are Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. CT at the Knox High School gymnasium. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT at the gym. Arrangements are being handled by the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox.
According to Jackie Crittendon-Bradley, a giant prayer circle to embrace the life of 10-year-old Korie Howard of Knox will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. The effort comes as Howard has been placed in Hospice care after suffering with cancer which has now moved into her lungs. Those attending are hoping the prayer circle brings a miracle to this little girl.
A nine-year-old Starke County girl is staying strong as she battles one of the biggest fights of her life. Korie Howard was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer to her right lower femur after her mother, Amber Howard, took her to the emergency room because she was limping and suffering from knee pain.
An x-ray was performed at the hospital which found something that Amber said looked “off”- either a mass or an infection, and they were referred to a specialist at Riley’s Children’s Hospital. There, an MRI was performed, followed immediately by a biopsy. Howard said the specialist knew immediately what her daughter was suffering from, and the long fight she had in her future, but the results didn’t come in for another seven days.