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Amputee gymnast with Region 8 ties wins award during Women’s Olympic Trials

Kate Foster competing on balance beam. (Source: Eileen Veer) Kate Foster competing on balance beam. (Source: Eileen Veer)
Kate Foster receives 2016 Robert J. Miller Spirit of The Flame Award (Source: Eileen Veer) Kate Foster receives 2016 Robert J. Miller Spirit of The Flame Award (Source: Eileen Veer)
Foster with Olympic gold medalist, Nadia Comenici. (Source: Eileen Veer) Foster with Olympic gold medalist, Nadia Comenici. (Source: Eileen Veer)
Kate Foster meets her favorite gymnast, Shawn Johnson. (Source: Eileen Veer) Kate Foster meets her favorite gymnast, Shawn Johnson. (Source: Eileen Veer)
Kate with Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin. (Source: Eileen Veer) Kate with Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin. (Source: Eileen Veer)
STRAWBERRY, AR (KAIT) -

Seventeen-year-old Kate Foster lost a lot when childhood cancer ravaged her body. Infection caused her to choose between life and limb.

At age 12, the unthinkable happened. A leukemia-related infection set in and doctors confirmed her left leg would have to be removed.

For a child that had been tumbling since age 7, this was devastating news.

“She has never failed to amaze us with her determination,” Eileen Veer said. “All through her chemo treatments, even losing her leg, she was focused on getting back into the gym.”

Eileen and John Veer, Kate’s grandparents, reside in Strawberry, AR. 

Kate lives with her parents Lynn and Barb Foster in Rockford, IL.

“Of course, we are so thankful for the many, many prayers that were answered,” Veer said. “We thank God for her healing.”

That healing and Kate’s determination have allowed her to compete against two-legged gymnasts.

Recently, Kate received the 2016 Robert J. Miller Spirit of the Flame Award in San Jose, CA during the Women’s Gymnastics Olympics Trials.

During the trials, Kate was invited to do her balance beam routine in front of 18,000 people. She is held to the same standards as two-legged gymnasts at competitive meets.

She finished third in two events in Orlando, FL early in July.

After Kate’s balance beam routine, she had the chance to meet legends in the gymnastics world including Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, and Nadia Comenici.

Kate’s grandparents are excited to watch her accomplishments from their Ozark-area home.

Even though they live eight hours away from Kate, the Veers are still able to watch her routines and enjoy her successes online and in photographs. 

ABC's GMA aired a report on Kate Foster earlier this year. Since then, her inspirational story has continued to touch lives around the world.

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