Katie Reider was a singer/songwriter who developed a rare facial tumor that first stole her sight and voice, and then took her life. Originally from Cincinnati, Reider's career was just taking off when a toothache turned out to be a myofibroblastic tumor that spread from her jaw into her sinus area. She leaves her Cincinnati family and her longtime partner, Karen, and their two sons.
Reider's friend Lauren Fernandes of Three Chapeau Productions has created a website to honor the artist with the goal of introducing her music to 500,000 visitors to the site before May 2009. The site, www.500kin365.org, includes photos, music and more on Reider's story.