The 5K Run for Katie Ondrias

On July 3, 2010 Katie Ondrias was diagnosed with viral encephalitis of the brain.

Katie was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas where she underwent a craniectomy to relieve the extreme swelling of her brain.  Due to the swelling of her brain, Katie went into a coma.  The doctors still have not determined what caused the infection and they are unsure of what the future may hold for Katie.  All of Katie’s friends and family are praying for a full and total recovery.

Prior to Katie’s illness, she was very focused on her education.  Katie grew up in Wharton, Texas.  She graduated from Wharton High School in 2008, and then went on to Lamar University.  She was set to graduate in May of 2011 with a four-year degree that she would have completed in only three years, all while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  She was very active in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, was chosen to be an ambassador for Lamar University, and also worked 10-20 hours a week in the Alumni Office.  In May 2010, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society as a junior.  She also worked at Hinze’s BBQ while taking classes at Wharton County Junior College (WCJC).  Katie is a confirmed member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Wharton and was an active youth member.

Katie was studying to be a speech therapist, so she can help others.  Now, Katie and her family need your help. By signing up to participate in the Run For Katie 5K, you can help support the tremendous medical costs and fees associated not only with Katie’s current condition, but also for her road to recovery.

Thank you in advance for your support!  Please keep Katie and her family in your daily prayers.