Katie's Birthday Fundraiser

The MacKenzie family celebrates Katie's birthday all year round! Please join us as you give to Camp Ooch as they gave to Katie and so many campers like her, Katie would be so proud of us all, helping others and celebrating her life. Here is our story:

Please join us as we celebrate our amazing daughter Katie with this annual event that commemorates her passion for life and love of Camp Ooch. Katie left us a legacyMore...

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The MacKenzie family celebrates Katie's birthday all year round! Please join us as you give to Camp Ooch as they gave to Katie and so many campers like her, Katie would be so proud of us all, helping others and celebrating her life. Here is our story:

Please join us as we celebrate our amazing daughter Katie with this annual event that commemorates her passion for life and love of Camp Ooch. Katie left us a legacy of love and commitment to make the world a better place and we ask you to join us in that celebration.

Diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour at age 11 our Katie did not let cancer define her. She stayed with us for 18 months and gave us the courage and the strength to continue to celebrate life and love even after she passed away.

The truth is Katie’s cancer was aggressive. Her illness progressed rapidly and she needed constant medical care with IV meds to help with pain management. Sending Katie to Camp was out of the scope of our imagination but Camp Ooch turned us around by offering both the friendship and fun of Camp alongside 24 hour medical care from Doctors and nurses (many of whom we knew from our time at SickKids). We truly didn’t think it was possible, Camp Ooch replaced the struggle and worry that had consumed our hearts and now filled it with laughter and joy. One might think it impossible to experience laughter and joy when your child is suffering but Ooch, the staff and volunteers have an ability to make what seems impossible, magically possible.

As Katie’s mom I am now privileged to work at the head office of Camp Ooch helping ensure more kids with cancer experience the magic of Ooch like our Katie did. I am often the first person to greet families, donors and volunteers when they arrive at Ooch Downtown and when I smile I hold fast to the knowledge that Katie would be so proud. When I smile, I am smiling at her.

Ultimately our family raises funds in Katie’s name to give more kids with cancer the chance to be kids. Katie loved Camp. She loved the chance to water-ski, dance, canoe, rock-climb, make friends and overall just have an amazing time. Camp Ooch was a magical place for Katie. Please read about camp through Katie’s words and pictures

Camp Ooch gives kids affected by childood cancer the chance to just be kids

Ooch is a year-round social support system for kids affected by childhood cancer and their families. Your donations will help us bring the healing power of fun, friendship and self-confidence to kids wherever they are in their cancer journey; from hospital beds and waiting rooms, to campfires and overnight canoe trips and more. 

Ooch changes the lives of over 1,600 kids affected by childhood cancer every single year, at no cost to their families. But almost 80% of kids with cancer in Ontario don’t have access to the wonders of camp.

Together, we can help change that. You generous support will help to build more friendships, connect more families, and create more joy for kids affected by childhood cancer in communities across Ontario.

Thank you for being an important part of the Magic of Ooch.

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