Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03)

Banks Honors Kate’s Kart of Northeast Indiana on House Floor

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) spoke on the House floor today to honor Kate’s Kart, an organization that provides free books to thousands of hospitalized children throughout northeast Indiana.

Click here to view Congressman Banks’ speech. 

Text of the speech follows:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Kate’s Kart, a group founded in memory of Kate Layman.

Monday marked 10 years since Kate’s life was cut short due to a heart condition at the age of 18 months.

During Kate’s final moments here on earth, listening to stories brought a sense of comfort and joy.

Today, Kate’s memory lives on through Kate’s Kart.

This organization brings joy to thousands of hospitalized children throughout northeast Indiana by giving them free books.

In the 10 years it has operated, Kate’s Kart has passed out over 186,000 books.

Kate’s Kart is particularly near to my heart because Mr. Layman, Kate’s father, was my middle school history teacher and sparked my interest in government.

I want to recognize the life-changing work of Kate’s Kart.

Truly Kate’s legacy lives on through this organization and its impact on children throughout northeast Indiana.”

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