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    Katharine's Wish founder featured on Human Health Report

    Katharine was featured on Jeff Rogers' Human Health Report, a series Reporting on the health of humans.

    Human Health Report (September 5, 2016)
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    Katahrine awarded Youth Good Samaritan award

    Katharine was awarded the Youth Good Samaritan award by the American Red Cross - Northwest Wisconsin Chapter

    Youth Good Samaritan award (March 23, 2016)
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    Katharine's Wish featured on WCCO-TV's "Life to the Max"

    Katharine was featured on WCCO-TV's "Life to the Max", a show that highlights stories of perseverance, tenacity and winning attitudes.

    Life to the Max (April 28, 2014)
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    WEAU's coverage of Katharine's Wish 2014 toy donations to local hospitals.

    Katharine's Wish 2014 toy donation of over 2,100 items to hosiptals and clinics in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

    WEAU (February 17, 2014)
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    Katharine Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch at a MN Twins Game

    The Minnesota Twins in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health systems recognized Katie and her charity Katharine's Wish by asking her to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a home game.

    Business Wire (June 18, 2013)
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    Five Winners Announced in Montage Hotels & Resorts’ National Search for Young Humanitarians

    Katharine was one of five national finalists to be recongnized by Montage Hotels in their Memory Maker Contest for their humanitarian efforts.

    Business Wire (May 1, 2013)
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    Katarine's Wish delivers toys to Sacred Heart Hospital

    Katharine and her brother Spencer met with Monsignor Edmund Klimek at Sacred Heart Hospital while delivering 250 toys.

    The Catholic Times (February 21, 2013)
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    Children facing surgery receive donations of toys and books

    2013 marked the first ever toy donations to both St. Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic in Chippewa Falls with nearly 700 toys donated.

    The Chippewa Herald (February 3, 2013)
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    Kicking Off the 2013 Katharine's Wish Toy Drive

    Katharine was interviewed on the WQOW morning news about the start of her 2013 toy drive.

    WQOW (January 7, 2013)
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    Katharine Rhoten - 2012 Youth Philanthropist of the Year for Katharine's Wish

    Katharine was the recipient of the 2012 "Youth Philanthropist of the Year" award from the Chippewa Valley Fund Raising Professionals for her work with Katharine's Wish and was honored at a luncheon on 11.8.12.

    WQOW-TV 18 (November 8, 2012)
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    Jefferson Award: Katie Rhoten

    Local teen honored with Jefferson Award for community service.

    WQOW-TV 18 (September 24, 2012)
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    Fund established to help children receiving medical care

    Local teen with type 1 diabetes establishes fund to help children receiving medical care

    WQOW-TV 18 (September 3, 2012)
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    Wishes Do Come True

    Girl with chronic illness continues helping other kids in the hospital by providing comfort and smiles.

    Leader Telegram (August 30, 2012)
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    Congratulations on your remarkable success

    Congratulations on your remarkable success with this year's Katie Kares effort! Our heartfelt appreciation to you, your family, and everyone who helped donate all those wonderful toys for us to share with kids being cared for at Marshfield Clinic.

    Marshfield Clinic (January 2012)
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    11-year-old Eau Claire girl wins $1,000 scholarship for collecting toys for hospitals

    Kohl’s Department Stores says it has awarded a scholarship to an Eau Claire girl.

    Through the 2010 Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, 11-year-old Katharine Rhoten won the $1,000 scholarship. The money will be used for post-secondary education. The program awards 200 deserving volunteers. Kohl's says Rhoten stood out among more than 27,000 nominees nationwide for helping to make her community a better place by collecting more than 400 toys for hospitalized children and helping raise awareness and funding for diabetes research.

    WEAU (July 2010)
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    Young diabetes patient donates toys for other children

    Katie Rhoten was only 9 years old when she became critically ill and was rushed to the hospital during her family's dream vacation to Disney World in January 2008. Diagnosed with type I diabetes, the Eau Claire girl often was given a toy by hospital staff to ease some of her anxiety before receiving an injection of insulin.

    Katie never forgot the kindness of the medical staff or the impact of the gifts during her hospital stay, so on the first anniversary of her Jan. 23 diagnosis, Katie donated six boxes of toys, games and other fun items to Luther Midelfort to be distributed to children and their siblings who found themselves at the hospital.

    Families First Newspaper (January 2010)
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    Ten-year-old girl who has diabetes plans to give toys to medical facility

    "When I got Rufus (the stuffed bear with diabetes) and some other toys, I just knew I wanted to give back."

    Leader-Telegram (January 2009)