Debi Katzenberger recently received a Spirited Women in Balance Award from Morton’s The Steakhouse and MyCity4Her.com at their event to support the Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross.
Katzenberger is a supervisor at CareFirst BlueCrossBlueShield, where she has worked for the past 16 years. She created the Casey Cares Kami’s Jammies program after her 9-year-old granddaughter, Kamryn, passed away from complications of leukemia.
Kamryn felt special when she wore new pajamas instead of hospital gowns, and her grandmother wanted to pass this symbol of joy and normalcy to children on extended hospital stays by providing new sleepwear and monthly pajama parties.
Since 2007, the program has distributed more than 8,000 pairs of pajamas at more than 20 hospitals.
Katzenberger also helps run the Kamryn Lambert Foundation, which supports Kami’s Jammies and awards nursing scholarships in her memory.
Resides in: Anne Arundel County, Md.
Most recent vacation: Ocean City, Md. Going there helps me center and remember being younger, with the whole world ahead of me and dreams of making it a better place.
Hobbies: Volunteering, watching sports of any kind, but especially recreational (kids in competitive mode can inspire me like no one else), and spending time with my family (five kids plus spouses, 10 grandchildren and my wonderful husband of 37 years).
Favorite book: “The Stand” by Stephen King
Recently read: “Heaven Is for Real” by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. It gave me hope.
Favorite food: Anything from the sea.
Favorite quote: “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” — Thomas Paine