Kate’s cousin Tim Lapsley is in sixth grade at the Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is also a student council member. Each semester, the council nominates six charitable organizations to be the potential recipient of its school-based fundraising activities for that semester. Presentations are made by each of the student nominators and then council members vote for the organization of their choice. In November, Tim nominated the Kate Foundation and made a presentation about Kate and the Kate Foundation’s goal to help reverse Rett syndrome. After hearing summaries of the other nominated charities, the decision was put to a vote. We were thrilled to hear from Tim later that day the Kate Foundation had won the student council’s vote! Thank you Tenacre Student Council and thank you Tim!
To raise money, Tenacre students, teachers and parents held a bake sale and a casual dress day they've dubbed “Grub Day”. (The privilege of dressing like a grub cost students a dollar, so a special thanks to all of the grubs out there.) While we were sitting around the kitchen table wiping out a tray of Christmas cookies over the holidays, Tim announced the Tenacre events had raised $325 for the Kate Foundation and Rett syndrome research! Kate was there and she smiled widely. We know she thinks it’s pretty cool her big cousin Tim is out there making presentations and raising money for Rett syndrome research.
We’re proud of Tim for nominating us and grateful to him for addressing the main goals of the Kate Foundation: raising awareness of Rett syndrome and raising money for the promising research behind reversing the disorder.