Katie's Smelly Cats is a team created for Mary Catherine "Katie" Kelly. Katie was taken suddenly by CF in January of 2016 at the age of 26. She was and is beloved by many including her parents, brother, family, and many, many friends.
Formed by 3 of her best friends, Katie's Smelly Cat's annual team goal is to make a large donation in Katie's name for CF research for a cure while raising awareness of the disease.
Our team name was inspired by Katie's love of the TV show, Friends. It's kind of funny sounding, too, so it seemed fitting because Katie often used the quote 'laughter is the best medicine'. Trying to explain in a few sentences (or even pages) how much Katie Kelly meant to any one person is nearly impossible. She was the type of person to have never met a stranger, always be willing for any adventure, a loyal friend, and loving daughter.
Breathing is something we all take for granted, and something Katie worked hard for every day. Please help us honor this brave, amazing girl's memory. Any and all donations make a difference. And if you are in the Chicago area and would like to, please, join our team and walk for Katie!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor events sponsored by the CF Foundation are strictly prohibited at this time. Scheduled outdoor events must adhere to strict requirements to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. Events may be subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE AT OUTDOOR FOUNDATION EVENTS:
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, attendees at CF Foundation events must adhere to the following requirements:
Practice physical distancing and maintain at least a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times
Face masks strongly encouraged and expected to be worn in accordance with local guidelines. (Note, children under two years of age should not wear masks due to safety concerns and therefore should not attend CF Foundation events where there is risk of interacting with someone outside of their household.)
Follow basic infection, prevention and control practices by regularly washing hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Persons with CF should consult their physician before participation in any in-person event as they may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People with CF should maintain a safe 6-foot distance from persons outside of their household at all times.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS:
For the health and wellbeing of the CF community, those eligible to be vaccinated are required to be fully vaccinated to join us in-person for the event. If you are not fully vaccinated, we invite you to participate virtually if that option exists.
We do not plan to ask for you to provide proof of vaccination. We are, however, counting on the fact that you appreciate the potential consequences of exposing members of the CF community to COVID and will abide by this requirement.
We cannot guarantee that all people in attendance at the event, including participants, sponsors, volunteers, and vendors, have been fully vaccinated.