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Katie Reimer was a 13-year-old girl with a dream and a heart to help people, her kindness started Katie Cares an organization launching their first book about how to Love like Katie.

Katie Cares is involved in many great projects including Katie's cottage near the Boundary Trails Health Center, fashion shows, and their newest project the Love Like Katie book.

The book is about Katie, the girl who started it all when she was only 13 years old in 2010 and how she made it her mission to help people. Katie passed away on May 20, 2012, but Katie Cares has been carrying on her legacy of kindness.

When she was diagnosed with cancer Katie saw how lucky she was to have a warm place to stay with kind and supportive people around her.

Katie saw there were people around her who were not as lucky and this inspired her to help other kids in hospitals in amazing ways through her kindness and generosity.

The book does not focus on death and illness but rather "what we can to make someone else life a bit easier."

Ruth Reimer, Katie's mom, explained that when Katie was 13 she shared a room and nurse with a child who had been abused. It was then that Katie realized "how much she had and how little this little child had."

This book shows what it looks like to have a heart like Katie's.

Schools have read the book and have been inspired to do a bake sale or a drive to collect things or raise money for Katie Cares.

Reimers hope is that anyone who reads the book with be inspired to show small acts of kindness to anyone and everyone, to love like

Katie. We never know what other people are going through and its always a good thing "to be kind, just to be kind."

The book is beautifully written by Marilyn Hart with fantastic illustrations done by Ruth Hiebert.

The book launch with be taking place at the Grant Park Atrium on Saturday, February 23.

 

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