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In memory of Kat Coker, a dedicated wish granter

  • Kat playing with lorikeets at the Oregon Zoo while on a little boy's wish to go on behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo. (2014)

  • Kat teaming up with Fairy Godmother to grant Hadley's wish to be a princess. (2009)

  • Kat using her IT skills to help grant Alex's wish to build a video gaming system. (2013)

“ She loved these wish kids with a passion that was contagious and she will be missed. ”

- Laila Cook, Make-A-Wish Oregon CEO

Kristina “Kat” Coker dedicated 15 years of her life to making wishes come true for children in Oregon and Southwest Washington with life-threatening medical conditions. She worked tirelessly as a volunteer wish granter, fundraiser, donor, and often took the most challenging wishes and tasks and did not settle for less than the best even with these kids. After granting many wishes of children fighting cancer, Kat was diagnosed with AML, a form of leukemia. She fought hard against the illness for a year and unfortunately was not able to win her battle. Kat passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

“Kat was among the first volunteers I met at Make-A-Wish more than 14 years ago,” said Laila Cook, CEO of Make-A-Wish Oregon. “Her tenacious spirit helped propel the fundraising gala from a modest event to raising over five times its revenue in her tenure. She loved these wish kids with a passion that was contagious and she will be missed.”

Kat loved rainbows, unicorns, all things sparkly and magical. She also loved everything about Disney and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the company and its theme parks. She worked for Columbia Sportswear and often engaged her co-workers and friends in wishes she was granting. Her career in IT helped many wish kids who wished for computer equipment over the years. Kat even roped her husband into helping build a computer for one lucky kid. She made a big impact on the world of Make-A-Wish and we honor her memory by carrying on her legacy and ensuring wishes continue to be granted for all the kids in the future.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Kat, please go to the fundraising site set up in her memory:

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