We Believe in Katie, Inc., honors Katie's battle with cancer, promotes cancer research and strives to help those less fortunate.
We Believe in Katie, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that seeks to honor Katie Udelhofen-Clark's young life tragically cut short after a year long battle with leukemia. The goal of our work is to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer research at the Carbone Cancer Center, and support Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. These causes reflect the strength and dignity she so bravely exhibited throughout her year-long struggle with cancer and the values and principles she strove to live by.
To honor Katie's life and deepen her legacy we have established the nonprofit, “We Believe in Katie, Inc.” to raise funds for blood cancer research and grant wishes to children who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses through Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.
Our nonprofit began when a small group of her friends and family planned a birthday party/fundraiser on April 28, 2017, what would have been Katie’s 33rd birthday. The event was a fun-filled evening of music, refreshments, and silent auction that celebrated Katie’s life and raised funds for causes Katie believed in. We raised over $21,000.00, an amount that greatly exceeded our expectations.
Given this success we decided to become a 501 (c)(3) organization and invited others to help us. With the help and support of so many, we have continued our fundraising and cancer awareness efforts by participating in other smaller fundraising opportunities throughout the year and continuing the larger event held on or near her birthday in April. To date We Believe in Katie, Inc. has raised over $74,000.00 making it possible to award an annual scholarship to a Verona Area High School Senior, grant three wishes via Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and support a specific blood cancer research study at the Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.
Katie was a deeply loving, remarkable young woman who is profoundly missed. Believing in something bigger than ourselves and giving back to others truly reflects how she tried to live her life. Her legacy is strengthened and continues through “We Believe in Katie”.