Katelyn’s passion to serve her community started at a young age as her parents encouraged her to volunteer throughout her youth.
"Healthcare has always been my passion - everyone needs it and everyone deserves it."
- Katelyn Hicks-Ashton
During Junior High/High School she became quite involved in Junior Larcs, supporting Special Olympics where she found purpose experiencing the joy of special needs children.
Katelyn’s passion lead her to the hospital, much like her mother Loretta, but not in a medical role. Katelyn has pastionately worked in healthcare philanthropy the last ten years.
A Career In Caring For Our Community
For Katelyn, her career has never been a job but a calling. When asked about her passion for caring for our community she replied:
“Injury, illness and medical conditions are not biased based on race, religion or economics or on how it wrecks havoc on the life of the patient and their family. I feel called to to be an advocate, to connect people to healthcare resources, and serve the many wonderful families in our community.”
Getting her start in 2009 at Valley Children’s Hospital, Katelyn raised awareness for children in need through her fundraising efforts leading Kids Day, Radiothon, Harvest Ball and Children’s Miracle Network corporate campaigns making up for where insurance falls short.
At Community Medical Centers Foundation she helped raise funds/establish programs, build hi-tech operating rooms, bed towers the new cancer center and purchase the ever so specialized equipment to keep the tiniest babies alive in the NICU.
After working at our local hospitals, the regional physician deficit lead her to California Health Sciences University where she focused on raising scholarship funds to grow and retain doctors and healthcare clinicians for Valley - to care for our families.
In 2018 Katelyn decided to transition her career to work hands on caring for medically fragile children alongside her parents at Loretta's Little Miracles.