Run exclusively by an amazing army of volunteers, Colby & Cate’s Charities Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization based in central Indiana.
Like many organizations, we started very small. A mom and pop charity, if you will. Comparatively speaking, while we have grown beyond our wildest dreams, we remain a small grass-roots, organically-grown, local organization whose reach and impact has spread all across Indiana and in some cases beyond.
16 years in to it, we feel like we are just getting started.
16 years in to it, we are often asked many of the same questions:
Who are Colby & Cate?
What illness did they have?
Did they survive?
Were they Riley Kids?
Do you only help Riley kids?
What inspired you?
Where does ALL THAT MONEY GO?
All awesome questions!!
Colby & Cate Lutz are the healthy children of co-founders, Matt & Amy Lutz.
Being that the idea of “Making Ordinary Extraordinary” all started in their honor, it only made sense to name the organization after the two of them.
Colby was not a Riley Kid
Neither was Cate. However, Cate did have emergency surgery at what was then St. Vincent Children’s Hospital (now Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent) at 2 weeks old.
Both Cate and our family had a fantastic experience and she came home good as new within 2 days.
Unlike many insurance companies, we do not have an exclusive with any hospital organization.
We absolutely love Riley Kids, doctors, nurses, Riley child life, Camp Riley and other programs at Riley too! However, regardless of where a child receives treatment, like you, WE LOVE ALL KIDS. That is after all why you are investing your time reading and learning about us, right?
As you read and learn more about us, you will learn that we help kids from more than outside the walls of Riley, as we were known for, during our first decade. We help kids from all over Indiana. Regardless of their physician or their health services facility.
After all, both our Mission and Colby & Cate’s Charities are all about enhancing the lives of chronically and critically ill or injured children.