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Miss Kathy Needs Our Help

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Our beloved Miss Kathy | Mama K | Kit Kat needs our help! 

In November, Kathy Landis suffered a stroke that has left her unable to return to work or live independently. For 37 years she has poured her heart and soul into the James Madison University community. Those who know her well know she is a ray of sunshine in the lives of students, parents and staff.  Kathy bleeds purple and gold, and adores her JMU family more than anything!

Kathy’s current needs are extensive. She has mounting medical debt, legal bills for help with retirement and disability, and is living in an assisted living facility, which is not covered by insurance. In addition, she will face a health care crisis in early May, due to the fact that her health insurance premiums will skyrocket once her short-term disability runs out.

With Kathy’s permission, we are sharing her story and have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help Kathy in her time of need. If you are able, please consider donating toward Kathy’s financial needs. No amount is too small. Funds raised will be used to pay for her healthcare/medical needs and legal fees. Please feel free to share this campaign with others.

We are so touched by the outpouring of concern from students, alumni, parents, and JMU staff and ask for your continued prayers for Kathy as she continues to navigate a very challenging diagnosis. We love our Mama K, and D-Hall will never be the same without her!

Amy Sheffer & Jennifer Knox, cousins

Marching Royal Dukes Love Miss Kathy 



  • Palen Raspet
    • $5 
    • 5 yrs

Fundraising team: Team Kathy (2)

Amy Knox Sheffer
Harrisonburg, VA
Mary Katherine Landis
Jennifer Knox
Team member

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