KOMO TV anchor and Magnolia resident Kathi Goertzen announced today that she will face a fourth surgery for a brain tumor. In a letter to viewers on the KOMO website, she explained that the experimental drug she used following her recent surgery was not successful and the tumor has grown back.
Kathi’s long time co-anchor Dan Lewis, fighting back tears, explained the situation to viewers just prior to the 5pm newscast tonight.
Goertzen has been battling the brain tumor for more than a decade. Her third surgery was in April and she had just recently returned to her anchor dutires. Goertzen said she is scheduled for surgery Wednesday to remove as much of the tumor as possible. The surgery will be followed by radiation treatment.
KOMO TV has set up a way for people to send encouraging messages to Kathi on the website.
Goertzen and her husband live in Magnolia along with their two daughters.