The Second Annual  Mental Illness Awareness 5k run/1 mile walk and Halloween Fair in memory of Katie Shoener will be held at 10 AM on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Nay Aug Park (Everhart Museum side) in Scranton.

In the spirit of Katie’s favorite holiday and birthday, Halloween, dress in costume, but don’t mask mental illness.  Speak up about mental illness and the need for openness and understanding.  Show compassion and support for better mental health care at the 5 Kate!

  • On-line Registration is open now – $25 – a 5kate T-shirt will be reserved
  • Virtual Race Registration – For those who cannot attend but want to still do a 5k at their own pace in their own area, you may sign up for our virtual 5Kate Click here
  • Day of the run/walk Registration opens at 8:30 AM – $30 – a 5kate T-shirt will handed out so long as supplies last
  • A Safe Trick or Treat party starts at 10 AM Bounce House – Face Painting – Costumes and Candy
  • A Mental Health Wellness Fair starts at 10 AM Marywood University Music and Art Therapy – Veterans Support Groups – Therapists – Nutritionists – Yoga – Chiropractors


IMG_6271Katie’s story made news across the US and around the world and went viral on social media. Her obituary spoke to the feelings and needs of people with mental illness and the families and friends that care about people with mental illness. Read about it in the “Katie’s Story” section

Kathleen “Katie” Marie Shoener, 29, fought bipolar disorder since 2005, but she finally lost the battle on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 to suicide in Lewis Center, Ohio.  Katie was born in Scranton and is the daughter of Deacon Edward R. and Ruth Shoener of Scranton. She was a graduate of Scranton High School, received her Bachelor of Science in business from Penn State University and recently her MBA from Ohio State University.

So often people who have a mental illness are known as their illness. People say that “she is bipolar” or “he is schizophrenic.” Over the coming days as you talk about this, please do not use that phrase. People who have cancer are not cancer, those with diabetes are not diabetes. Katie was not bipolar – she had an illness called bipolar disorder – Katie herself was a beautiful child of God. The way we talk about people and their illnesses affects the people themselves and how we treat the illness. In the case of mental illness there is so much fear, ignorance and hurtful attitudes that the people who suffer from mental illness needlessly suffer further. Our society does not provide the resources that are needed to adequately understand and treat mental illness. In Katie’s case, she had the best medical care available, she always took the cocktail of medicines that she was prescribed and she did her best to be healthy and manage this illness – and yet – that was not enough. Someday a cure will be found, but until then, we need to support and be compassionate to those with mental illness, every bit as much as we support those who suffer from cancer, heart disease or any other illness. Please know that Katie was a sweet, wonderful person that loved life, the people around her – and Jesus Christ.

Funds raised will be used to support these great organizations that are shining a light on mental illness.

Our Generous Sponsors


The Katie Foundation sponsors this event to raise awareness and fund research to find a cure for mental illness !14470514_302520486795404_2112954832343145697_n