Launched in Aug 2015, Katie and Chuck’s (Katie’s Dad) Project Give-Back is giving Katie Kits to women (and men if they want one too) undergoing radiation treatment for cancer at the 21st Century Oncology clinic in Pontiac, MI. Katie went here for her 3 separate treatment sets, each consisting of 15-30 visits for radiation. We lost our dear Katie on July 13, 2014 to metastatic breast cancer, but her vision and kindness live on.
As a help to a dear friend of my step-Mom, Joyce, we sent a Katie Kit to Austin, TX, for Nancy who just started undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer. Joyce donated the cost (and shipping) of the kit we sent, but also wanted to pay-it-forward and donated enough to cover an additional Kit. So we did not take away from those kits going to the radiation clinic.
Aug 25, 2015
Nancy texted Joyce that she LOVES her Katie Kit and all the items, including the great artwork on the beach tote. Katie started creating her artwork after getting cancer, a new talent she didn’t know she had, which also helped her emotionally as she made artwork for her extended family and friends.
For Nancy, she also loves the beach tote because it is big enough to carry to treatment a blanket that another friend had quilted for her, as the treatment room is cool. She uses the eye-mask in combination with her headphones (using her own iPod since she is not at the Pontiac clinic) and she forgets where she is during treatment. The vanilla fragrance oil roll-on she says is really helping her to relax, and she describes herself as very anxious person to begin with! Her comment about the Vitamin E and Aloe Lotion caplets was this: (paraphrasing) “I read the included sheet about using the caplets on the skin after treatment, but the sheet doesn’t say just how well this works!” She didn’t mention the water bottle or Eucerin lotion, but we hope these too help her.
Dec 2nd, 2015
Today was my first radiation treatment at the Pontiac office. I was feeling a bit anxious and uneasy about what I had to endure. The staff handed me a Katie Kit and I felt like somebody really cared and knew what I was going through. I feel like I know Katie even though we never met I know her heart was gold. Thank you to all of you fulfilling Katie’s dream. It truly makes a world of difference. I’ll definitely make a donation to this great cause as soon as I am able. Much Love. Shawna.
Dec 4th, 2015
I also received a Katie Kit at 21st Century Oncology on my first day of radiation. I was alone and full of fear and It was like getting a huge hug! 💕
And a note with her kind donation to Project Give-Back..
This is a small token of appreciation for the great comfort my Katie Kit brought to me during my treatment and continues to bring to me each day. What an amazing tribute to Katie’s life and immeasurable source of comfort and caring to other women going th… (Note got clipped here)
Feb 1st, 2016
Included with her kind donation to Project Give-Back…
I received the Katie K kit in December on my first radiation treatment. On one difficult day, your kindness made me feel a bit better and little more hopeful. With all my love, Daniela
We wish that no one was needing a Katie Kit in the first place, but we are glad that these products Katie fine-tuned for her own treatments can be used to help others.
So nice to get this feedback, and to share with all of you have donated or purchased merchandise, who have made this a reality. Katie initiated this vision when she was still with us, and you all are making life better for those also going through a difficult journey with cancer.
So thank you, one and all!
If you received a Katie Kit, and would like to say how it helped, or how it might be improved, feel free to add to the comments down below (don’t have to use your real name, or can omit your last name) or email us at TheLifeOfKatieK@gmail.com
We hope that your Katie Kit is helpful during treatment, and that someday soon you will instead use the beach tote to go to the beach, but this time filled with a picnic, beach toys for the kids, a bottle of wine and/or a good book to read with sand in your toes.
To learn more about Katie Kits, see the Project Give-Back Detail Page here.
Much love to you all, patients and donors!
The Katie K Team