Maike van Niekerk's non-profit program advocates for cancer patients in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland by offsetting their travel costs for cancer-related appointments. After losing her mother to breast cancer at the age of 15, she began a tax-deductible program called Katrin's Karepackage (KK) in her memory. \"So many cancer patients are already fighting for their lives, they shouldn’t have to fight for their cancer treatment.\"
KK's fundraising campaigns have focused on symbolically representing the struggle cancer patients face in obtaining treatment. In 2014, Maike biked 1,100km in 10 days across Newfoundland and in 2016, ran 7 marathons in 7 days across the province. While raising over $55,000, these endeavors also helped the community to conceptualize the lengthy travel and struggle cancer patients face.
Katrin's Karepackage (KK) works in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society to address the social injustice of inaccessible healthcare for cancer patients in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The mission of KK is to preserve the legacy of Katrin Kohler and above all to advocate for cancer patients by funding costly transportation expenses faced when traveling for cancer-related appointments.