Katelyn's Cause

Katelyn's Cause

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 Story

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 hundreds of thousands and is proud to have become an accepted program at Doernbecher Oncology.

Katelyn’s Cause is a nonprofit organization classified as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Our Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 81-1974608. Katelyn’s Cause can provide tax receipts for all contributions.

What We Do

Throughout the year, Katelyn’s Cause collects funds to provide presents for kids of all ages at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Katelyn’s Cause routinely provides support in the form of gift cards for gas, food, and other essentials for families traveling to and from the hospital.
For families who live a significant distance from the hospital and are in need of lodging, Katelyn’s Cause offers financial assistance.


Every year, we partner with RE/MAX and other generous sponsors to host the RE/MAX Coast & Country Charity Classic at The Salmon Run Golf Course in Brookings, Oregon.

This two-day golf tournament is a two-person best-ball competition with evening festivities, dinner, awards, a fundraising raffle, and a live band.

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RE/MAX Realtor Charity Golf Tournament

Katelyn’s wish was to start a program to provide nonessential medical care to patients, and this program has grown tremendously since its inception.

Because of our generous supporters, our efforts have expanded and we are now able to offer gifts throughout the year. The gifts range from toys for patients to gift cards for those supporting them, as well as distributions from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

We are also occasionally partnered with other groups and businesses like Dutch Bros. for fundraisers throughout the year.

To keep up to date on events, drives, and other opportunities to bring a smile to some faces, follow the link below.

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Gift Drives & Donations

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