Saturday, September 27, 2014

Meet our Executive Assistant + Compassion Project Specialist, Kati!

Good Morning Dream Team! Wishing you a Saturday as wonderful as you all are. My name is Kati, I am the Executive Assistant here at Teen with a Dream. Spencer, Jan and the entire Harrison family have been a part of my life since I was four years old. I began volunteering with Teen with a Dream when I was ten years old. I began simply helping at the annual Evening of Dreams, and today I am involved daily in assisting in our mission to enrich the lives of pediatric cancer patients everywhere. It is difficult for me to adequately put into words the profound impact that Teen with a Dream, the hundreds-of-thousands of patients and the Harrisons’ have had on my life. 
Everyday I am inspired by the genuine strength and optimism within each patient I have met over the past eleven years. Over these eleven years I vividly remember an encounter I had with a patient during our LA event in 2012. 
I will never forget Gina, who had experienced multiple types of cancers through her life and recently became amputee due to her disease. I will never forget her enthusiasm that was contagious to everyone around her. One of our activities during our event was playing mini golf. The moment we set up the mini golf, Gina bounced from her wheel chair, chemotherapy pole in hand, and was ready to show her skills despite having one leg. The best part of this story? She won almost every game with a smile, and gave us a hard time for not playing. 

The story of Gina continually fuels my passion for Teen with a Dream, and our cause. When I discuss my job with others I am truly overwhelmed with a sense of enlightenment and inspiration into a world of bravery as shown by these patients. Gina like numerous of other patients serve as one of the most pure forms of courage within humanity. I would encourage anyone to learn more about the cause and get involved, we are always here to help!

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