TEAM KATIE O

$23,350raised of $100,000 goal
23%

Organizer: Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi Beneficiary: Kaitlyn Okolita

Katie was experiencing headaches, dizzyness and after a seizure, the family took Katie to the ER.  Observed and discharged within 1 hour, Katie had to follow up with a Neuroogist the next day.  After her meeting with the Doctor, he sent Katie for more testing. During the 2 weeks while waiting for her MRI, Katie experienced dizzyness,  headaches and fatigue.  Once the MRI was complete, Katie was admitted to the hospital for further evaluation.  Several more tests were done and the unimaginable words came out of the Doctors mouth.  "Your 12 year old daughter has Brain Cancer."  

The family needs our help.  As Katie starts her crusade to kick cancers butt, her family will need help with travel expenses, lost wages, and medication costs.  


We will always be by Katie's side to help her get better and we are STRENGTHENED by all the kindness and support we receive.

Please make a donation for Katie to help us SURPASS our fundraising goal, then share this site with others so they may also contribute.  All donations go DIRECTLY to the family.  If you prefer to send a check instead of using your 
PayPal account or Credit card; please mail to the follow address:
The Okolita Family
TEAM KATIEO
307 Greenwood Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Please make checks out to Kaitlyn Okolita.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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02/26/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi

It is so hard to believe that 3 months have gone by since we came face to face with the words that no one could image – yes the C word.  It was a tough mental and physical battle for all family members and most of all for Kaitlyn.  She completed her 28 radiation and oral chemo treatments the day before her birthday and got a month of ‘down time’ to recover.  Through all this time, she has remained very strong and positive, and has stood tall receiving her treatments.  She muscled through the side effects and to this day still smiles after vomiting. 

 

Today Kaitlyn had her first MRI since she was diagnosed and we were blessed with good news.  The results of the MRI supported the doctor’s observations of increased strength, balance and coordination over the last few weeks.  It showed that the tumor has decreased in size, the swelling of her brain has subsided and there was evidence of tumor cells dying off.  Thank you God!!!

 

Throughout this time she has been touched in so many ways by family, many friends and the community.  The countless prayers, words of encouragement, acts of kindness, good deeds and tokens of caring have all contributed tremendously to her strength and determination, and have helped us as a family to care for her.  We are truly amazed and extremely grateful for the support system we have and thank God every day for each and every one of you!!!

 

This Friday Kaitlyn will face the beginning of her next battle against this ugly disease.  She will be having surgery to have an IV port placed under her skin so that she can receive her next rounds of chemo starting next Tuesday.  We ask that you join us in praying that the surgery goes well, that she continues to remain strong, and that the treatments continue to be successful. 


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02/06/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
Fundraiser Skatyn with Kaitlyn Marh 23, 2014. 12:00 - 2:15
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01/29/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
Katie gets a little stronger every day.  Still very tired but tries to go to school almost everday for at least one class.  

Thank you everyone for all her cards!  

Please keep Katie in your prayers!
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01/23/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
Katie went to school today and ate lunch with a few friends.  She is still feeling fatigued, but continues to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!  

Last night for her birthday, Katie went out to dinner at Mintea with family and friends.  Afterwards she enjoy a beautiful cake donated to the family.  Pics to follow. 

Please keep Katie in your prayers!!
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01/23/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
CASINO NIGHT IN WHIPPANY 
Jan. 25, 2014. 
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01/21/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
FUNDRAISER:
KUTZ 4 KAITLYN 
MARCH 2, 2014
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01/17/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
Katie's counting down the days until radiation treatments are over!  Monday is 2 left, Tuesday is 1 and done!  Wednesday is Katies BIRTHDAY!!  Please lets put a smile on Katie's face by sending cards to her house or to TEAM KATIE O, 307 Greenwood Ave, Florham Park, NJ 07932.

Thanks everyone for all the support!

Katie will have a few weeks break and then treatment will start again.  Keep Katie in your prayers!
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01/14/2014
by Barbara Shaw and Cathy Troisi
Katie is almost done with her first round of treatment (chemo & radiation).  She is very tired and has nausea every day.  Her spirits are very good and is hoping she can play softball this year! She is now receiving home instruction (tutoring) so she does not fall behind with her school work.  Please continue to keep Katie in your prayers and thank you for your kindness and genorosity!  

Many fundraisers are happening in March - hope to see you there!
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