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Korrine Croghan was a vivacious 14-year-old girl who lived all of her life in Livermore, CA. She had a love for animals, sports, and most of all, family. Korrine was a straight “A” student while attending Mendenhall Middle School and was working hard in her first trimester at Granada High.
In December 2007, Korrine was diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma with a germ cell element. Choriocarcinoma is a very rare type of cancer in teenage girls and inflicts less than 200 nationwide each year. Although the cancer started in her left ovary, the cancer had spread to her right ovary, lungs and liver. Right after the diagnosis a cantaloupe-sized tumor was removed from her left ovary and Korrine endured ten months of intense chemotherapy.
During the course of her treatment, Korrine suffered many complications. After staying at Kaiser Oakland for almost two weeks in April 2008, Korrine was transfered to UCSF Medical Center and spent a month in the intensive care unit. Several set backs included a bleeding liver, an abdomen filled with blood and collapsed lungs that almost took her life. Her lungs were drained off of fluid and she needed numerous blood and platelet transfusions as well as intravenous tubes filled with anti-bacterials, anti-fungals, nutrition, painkillers and chemotherapy.
Korrine miraculously made it through those tough days at UCSF and returned to Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. She was finally stable and was released to go home in July 2008 when she suffered septic shock that forced her to go back into intensive care at Kaiser in Santa Clara.
In an effort to kill and stop the remaining cancer cells, she underwent an emergency round of chemotherapy in September 2008. Unfortunately, it did not kill the remaining cancer cells. Korrine spent her last days at home with her family and she passed away quietly on October 27, 2008. Through it all, Korrine had a positive attitude and never gave up or complained.