Catie Wilkins was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor, on her first birthday, Sep. 26, 2003. She endured 11 surgeries, 36 months of chemotherapy, and 30 radiation treatments. The little girl fought hard.
Catie was 4 years old when she died Jan. 19, 2007.
That first Christmas without her – and all the Christmases since – are particularly painful at the Wilkins home in Guyton. Which is what prompted the Wilkins to start the “Elves from Catie” program. Today, almost four years since Catie’s death, elves are given to pediatric cancer patients in hospitals nationwide and over $10,000 has been raised to cure childhood cancer.
You, too, can help by sponsoring an “Elf from Catie.” For $20, an Elf and a book “A Gift from Catie” will be sent to a hospitalized pediatric cancer patient and $5 will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer.
For more information, go to www.elvesfromcatie.com.
Catie’s mom, Jenny Wilkins, is looking for local groups to take on “Elves from Catie” as a volunteer project. Contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.