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The Katie’s Wish Foundation was founded in late 2012, shortly after the passing of Katie McBurnett. Katie received a life-saving heart transplant in 2007 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Katie’s Wish Foundation holds two fundraising events each year — the Katie McBurnett 5K in Columbus, Indiana in the spring and the Katie McBurnett 5K in Madison, Indiana in the fall.

We work closely with five hospitals in Indiana and Kentucky to provide Cough Buddy bears to patients who use them to help heal from open heart, chest or abdominal surgery.