13112764_789412211159951_6614298249242946039_oI know we say this every year, but 2016 was a huge year for us! We officially became a nonprofit organization, we changed our name to the Katie’s Wish Foundation, and we raised over $4,000 to help our cause.

We also got more involved in Riley Dance Marathons, and spoke at two Franklin College Dance Marathons, one for faculty, staff and parents, and one for college students. We were honored to be asked to share Katie’s story with everyone at Franklin College, and we hope to expand our audience to more Dance Marathons in 2017.

For the third year in a row, we served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Indiana on March 27, which also happened to be Easter! We had a great time serving dinner to the families who were staying at the House at that time. We’re looking forward to an expanded fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House this spring, so be sure to look for that!

The second annual Columbus Katie McBurnett 5K was held, and we had a beautiful day, a great race, and a great turnout! We’re excited to feature the Columbus race as our only 5K event in 2017, in order to plan a new event in the fall.

The fourth and final Madison Katie McBurnett 5K was exactly what we wanted it to be — and more! We announced that this year’s Madison race would be the last, but we sure went out with a bang. We are excited to have an opportunity to organize and promote a new event this fall, so stay tuned for future announcements about that!

This fall we had one Columbus North High School senior do a senior project with us. Max Bultman raised over $500 for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Indiana, collected over 30,000 pop tabs, and boxes and boxes of snack items to donate to the House. He bought his own heart for the Heart Wall, and was very happy with his project — and so were we!

Thank you to everyone who helped continue our mission in 2016. Thank you to all our wonderful race volunteers, sponsors, and participants. We’d like to give special thanks to Claire Meade and the entire Dance Marathon staff at Franklin College, Hanover College, Lucas Lim from Arclight Collective for saving the day on race day in May, and Juliana Bernabe and the entire Girls on the Run team. We appreciate you more than you know!

We hope your 2016 was as great as ours was, and we’re so excited to see what 2017 brings! Please take a moment and fill out our community interest survey — we’re gauging interest for a variety of events for next year, and we’d love your help!

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