There’ll be no Katie’s Run for 2021 and the Woudstra and Pogue families have announced that the 2022 run – the 10th – will be the final.
In a news release, the families said that after much consideration, it was with great sadness that they decided the 10th run will be the last.
“Due to COVID-19 and Katie’s ongoing health struggles, the event will be postponed this year with the hope that it can be held in Haliburton one final time in 2022,” they said. “As difficult as this may be, we know this is the right decision for our families.”
They thanked the community, saying the run had become a platform to raise awareness for epilepsy and to provide much-needed funds for epilepsy research.
“It is our utmost desire that others will pick up where we leave off to keep the momentum going,” they added.
To date, more than $373,000 has been raised through Katie’s Run. However, it is their goal to reach $500,000 before they close the book on the event.
Even with no Katie’s Run event this year, they said they will still be making efforts to raise money for the cause. They’re asking the public to create their own fundraising campaigns for the run and research.
“Whether you do this in March, for epilepsy awareness month, or anytime throughout the year, we will be there to help in any way we can.”
They are encouraging people to share their individual fundraising ideas and their next newsletter will highlight some suggested ideas. Email info@ katiesrun.ca