Skip to main content
SCRANTON -- The Katie Foundation announced it has made a $15,000 gift to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI). 

The Katie Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving treatment and service for people coping with mental illness, raised the funds at its annual 5Kate. The event is a run/walk and mental health fair that celebrates the life of Katie Shoener and helps raise awareness in the community about depression and bipolar disorder.  

The 2022 5Kate will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.

“Our nonprofit is dedicated to shining a light on mental illness,” said The Katie Foundation’s Sarah Shoener. “We’re happy to support the BHI, which has so effectively advanced the community conversation about mental illness.” 
“We are once again honored to partner with The Katie Foundation. Their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness is inspiring, and directly in line with our aspirations at BHI to ensure that our students, staff, faculty, and providers are best prepared to optimize well-being in the patients and communities we serve,” said Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, Geisinger Commonwealth president and dean. “We are humbled by their generosity.”  

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

Geisinger Logo

For GCSOM media inquiries

Elizabeth Zygmunt
Director of Media and Public Relations
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Office: 570-504-9687
On call: 570-687-9703