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Kate's Kart reaches milestone

A local non profit, Kate's Kart, is spreading the love of reading to children in the hospital, and they've just reached a milestone.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 8:52 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 8:32 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Kate Layman's legacy and love of books is living on through other children more than a decade after her death.

Andy and Krista Layman started Kate's Kart after their daughter died from heart disease in 2008.

"It's a joy to see the smile on kids faces when a simple book with their favorite character lightens their day. It's become a process. Now we buy books in bulk," Krista Layman said.

The Laymans chose books because kate loved reading.

So does Parkview patient Donna Fett. She received the 250,000th book, a quarter-million milestone for the non profit.

"It's awesome and it's pretty much good," Fett said.

Fett's grandmother, Donna Boone said an unsuccessful surgery lead them here to a Parkview hospital bed.

"She gains weight, but she loses it because she pukes everything up, so this is our last resort to bring her here and try to put some weight back on her and take her back to Riley so she can get fixed again," she explained.

Reading gives the 15 year old the strength to keep fighting.

The Layman's say Kate's Kart would not be what it is today without community support.

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