2015 was a year that we will never forget! We started off the year by serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House for the third year in a row. We fed around 50 people, and had some great volunteers help us out.
We also held the first annual Columbus Katie McBurnett 5K on May 2, and what a race it was! We raised over $2,500 and had around 115 people participate. It was a great day, and we had a great crowd of people that were excited to run for Katie. That money was paired with the nearly $2,800 raised at the Madison Katie McBurnett 5K, and provided enough to purchase another 180 Cough Buddy bears and add to the scholarship fund.
Speaking of the scholarship fund, we had an amazing student at Columbus North High School do her senior project with us and raised $280 to go towards that fund. Heather Dickey created a beautiful art piece that we auctioned off at the Madison race and I’m so proud to have been her community mentor.
We also worked with Zach Smith, who is also a student at Columbus North, on his senior project. He created a video for us that talks about Katie and about the organization. Look for that online in a few weeks.
We helped Riley and the Ronald McDonald House in monetary ways this year, too. We purchased a Heart on the Heart Wall with Katie’s name on it at the Ronald McDonald House and we purchased a red wagon with Katie’s name on it at Riley. We are very happy to be able to support such great organizations.
The Cough Buddy program has taken off, and we are now supporting five hospitals! Riley is still using bears, as well as Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Columbus Regional Hospital and Kings Daughters Health in Madison. We are hoping to possibly add another hospital in 2016!
The Katie McBurnett Memorial Scholarship is coming together nicely, and should be live in next few weeks. We are very excited to be able to help a student pursue their dreams like Katie was.
Thank you to everyone who supported us this year, our friends and family, and our amazing volunteers! We really, really couldn’t have done everything we did this year without you! I’d also like to thank Cummins for letting us use their parking lot for the May race, the Columbus Area Arts Council for always letting us borrow anything we need, and Katie Elliott for being the best photographer we could ever ask for.
On behalf of myself, Kim McDaniel, and Judy and Mike McBurnett, have a safe and happy 2016!