‘Beloved’ college dancer dies at 20 of bone cancer

Kate Kaufling, a beloved college dancer, has sadly died of bone cancer at the tender age of 20. The University of Kentucky Athletics shared this tragic news through a press release, plunging the college community and dance team into grief. Kate’s journey is a symbol of resilience, fortitude, and motivation. She left a profound impact on all those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her.

Kate attended the nursing program at the University of Kentucky and illuminated both the stage and the classroom with her presence. Her vibrant spirit and unwavering commitment was something many knew her for. She not only graced the Kentucky Wildcats Dance Team with her talent but also endeared herself to others with her infectious smile. Kate’s effervescent personality radiated joy to everyone who new her.

Beyond her achievements in dance, Kate was a diligent student, driven by her aspiration to serve others as a nurse, inspired by the compassionate care she received during her own health challenges. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at the age of 20. She is survived by her loving parents and her twin sister, Abbey.

“Kate was a joy to coach and to be around. Her smile could light up a room, and she was beloved by all of her UKDT teammates,” Coach Dawn Walters, head coach of the Wildcats Dance Team said of Kate.

Throughout her short but meaningful life, Kate touched many with her kindness and compassion.






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