Katelyn’s Cause is in honor of Retired Police Chief Chris Wallace and Molly Wallace’s daughter, Katelyn, who succumbed to synovial sarcoma in 2008 at the age of 17. Katelyn’s wish was to start a program that provided nonessential medical care to patients; just something to bring a smile to their faces.
Katelyn’s Cause raises money every year to purchase gifts for sick children. In December of each year the gifts are hand delivered to children with cancer receiving treatment at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The gifts range from toys to gift cards, to electronics for some teens. Additionally, Katelyn’s Cause enables gifts to be maintained at Doernbecher and distributed over the rest of the year to patients battling cancer, sometimes being delivered the day the child is diagnosed.
Katelyn’s Cause is also available during the year if needed for special requests. All of the money raised for Katelyn’s Cause …100%… goes directly to fund the program. Since its inception Katelyn’s Cause has raised well over $150,000 and is proud to have become an accepted program at Doernbecher Oncology.