What is KT’s Kids?

Founder, Katie Augustyn

Founder, Katie Augustyn

KT’s Kids was begun in 2003 at Liar’s Club by Katie Augustyn, Herb Rosen, Mike O’Connell, and Mike Cook. We are now a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization.

Each Christmas, we host a show at Liar’s Club featuring raffles, burlesque, and performances by punk legends from bands like Local H, Naked Raygun, and Stiff Little Fingers. We’ve raised over $75,000 since 2003.

Who we help

We raise money for the kids of KidsRehab at Schwab Rehabilitation, from infants to teens. Our kids are predominately low income, many have been violently injured.

Co-Founder, Herb Rosen

Co-Founder, Herb Rosen

Schwab is in North Lawndale, one of Chicago’s socio-economically challenged communities. Schwab is one of only two rehabilitation hospitals in Chicago; we serve those children who have the least.

The multidisciplinary KidsRehab staff, including physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapists, help children gain their maximum functional independence and foster within the families a happy and caring atmosphere where the child can function at their highest potential.

Medical Director, Dr. Thornton

Medical Director, Dr. Thornton

Our program’s director, Dr. Lisa Thornton, is board-certified in both pediatrics and rehabilitation. We develop a treatment plan tailored to the unique needs of each child. To assure continued progress even after a patient has been discharged, KidsRehab maintains ongoing contact with parents and the child to help provide smooth transitions; whether back home, to school, or with ongoing therapy.

How we help

Each winter, KT’s Kids throws the kids of KidsRehab a holiday party to give them all of the donations we’ve raised each year during our Toy Drive. We invite all of the children in the household, not just patients. Every child gets two gifts (one fun, one practical), and Mom gets a $20 Target gift card. Many moms tell us we’re the only holiday celebration their children have. Last year we hosted 600+ kids.

In summer, we support C.A.M.P. Chicago. Children with Adapted Mobility Play is one of the only free summer day camps for disabled kids in Cook County. We provide camp for 30 kids 8–14, including transportation, activities, and a closing picnic to celebrate. Camp Chicago brings kids outside to play on their own terms, and that’s hugely empowering.