Katie Harter

PMD Foundation Member

Name Katie Harter

Description

Katie is the mother of four children. She and her husband live in Madison, New Jersey. Their first child, Jack, was born with the connatal from of PMD in 2006. He lived a beautiful life and died at the age of 6 1/2 in January of 2013. He was blessed to have twin sisters who were born in 2009 and a baby sister born in February of 2014. Katie has a BA in Elementary Education from Villanova University and MA in Reading Specialization from Columbia University. She left her job teaching 4th grade at the Collegiate School in New York City to care for Jack round-the-clock at home when he was born. During Jack’s lifetime, Katie organized the largest family team for the YAI Central Park Challenge three years in a row in support of the Roosevelt Children’s Center, Jack’s preschool for children with multiple disabilities. She formed fundraising teams of family and friends each year for the Miles for Matheny walk and 5K to support the Matheny School in Peapack, New Jersey, where Jack later went to school. KatieRAISED MONEYto obtain a service dog for Jack through 4 Paws for Ability, the non-profit organization in Xenia, Ohio which trains service dogs for children with special needs. Katie has enjoyed connecting with other families and supporting the PMD Foundation since Jack’s diagnosis in 2007. She is grateful to be involved with the foundation as board member in memory of her son.