Our Mission

The Kateswell mission is to help improve cancer outcomes in Ohio by raising funds and awareness for cancer-related nonprofits in the state.

Together we will harness the power of collaboration, community and philanthropy to change the cancer story in Ohio.


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Our Story

Kateswell was founded by Katie and Brian Vanderhorst in the wake of Katie’s victory over lymphoma.

Katie was diagnosed with stage three lymphoma when she was 15 weeks pregnant with her daughter, Audra.


Cancer in Ohio

In Ohio, cancer is the second most common cause of death, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 lives lost. (AmericanCancer Society) Kateswell was founded to help address this societal crisis.

Cancer claimed the lives of 25,507 Ohioans in 2016 at a rate that was 11 percent higher than the U.S. population. (Ohio Cancer Report 2019)

In 2019, the AmericanCancer Society (ACS) estimates that 25,440 lives will be lost to cancer in Ohio – that’s nearly equivalent to the population of Zanesville, Sandusky, or Wooster. (U.S. Census 2010)

And, the ACS estimates 67,150 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Ohio in 2019. (Cancer Statistics Center.) That’s more than double the new-case estimates for neighboring states like Kentucky (26,400) and West Virginia (12,440). (Cancer Facts & Figures 2019)

Cancer Survivors


Today, there are approximately 581,350 cancer survivors in Ohio, and that is something to celebrate. (Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures) But, we know that survivors and their families need ongoing support. We want to do all we can to help them, and to increase their numbers.

Help Us Save and Improve Lives

Give today, and join the Kateswell Collective.

We are building a community of passionate cancer crusaders. From sponsors and donors, to volunteers and ambassadors, we’re in this together and we’re counting on you. Together, we can change the cancer story in Ohio.


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