About Us

Our Mission

The Katie Linz Foundation is a 501-C3 non profit foundation committed to supporting pediatric cancer research.  Our mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer through research, education and advocacy. The Katie Linz Foundation is dedicated to improving both the lives of children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Lizard King Classic

Lizard King Who Dey Party!

Save the date: Sunday, Oct. 21st, 2018

About Katie

Some words just never go together:  should never be said in the same sentence.  Katie Linz, Rhabdomyosarcoma.  It seemed impossible:  Katie Linz, soccer goalie, starter on St. Ursula's basketball team.  Robust, beach-loving, grin-to-beat the band-rocker-chick, sixteen year old.  Diagnosis: Rhabdo:  The awful nickname for the soft tissue cancer that would take her away.  If it were just up to Katie, she would have beaten this disease.  She battled from March, 1992 living her life fully, graduating from high school, starting college, through intense chemo, radiation, hair-loss, remission, Rhabdo returning, more chemo, bone marrow rescue, Rhabdo returning again, to the end on December 29, 1994.  Christmas would never be the same for the Linz family:  Mom Cherie, Dad Tony, and sisters Barb, Jennie and Maggie.  Nothing would ever be the same.  

It wouldn't be the same without Katie

Life would go on and so would the deadly Rhabdo.  Katie would be righteously ticked off and her family knew it.  Katie had written in her journal, "I'm going to do something after all this bull****." (a normal teen was Katie), "to help find the cure for this."  So Katie's sisters and her parents decided to do it for her.  

In 2004, the first annual Katie Linz Foundation golf outing/rocking party was held.  The event was dubbed the Lizard King Classic in honor of Katie's favorite line from a Jim Morrison quote, "I am the Lizard King.  I can do anything," which has become the foundations rallying cry.  In 2015 the foundation moved the party in doors to a football themed party -The Lizard King Who Dey Bash.  The KLF has donated over $500K to Cincinnati Children's in support of their mission to cure pediatric cancer and support families struck by this horrible disease.  

Lizard King Who Dey Bash


Sunday, October 21, 2018


The Pelican's Reef - 7261 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnai Oh 45230


Because it's fun!

Come help us cheer on the Bengals vs.  Chiefs, enjoy a tailgate menu, cocktails and of course some great Who Dey Lizard shenanigans!


Only $75/person

All proceeds benefit our mission to cure pediatric cancer and support families suffering from this terrible disease.


Interested?  Contact - Barb Linz-Bibb


Lizard King Who Dey Invite

Feel free to download a copy of our invite. RSVP's and/or donations can be sent to 

The Katie Linz Foundation

6145 Woodlark Dr. 

Cincinnati, OH 45230

Who Dey KLF Invite 2018 (pdf)


Who Dey KLF Response Card_2018 (pdf)


2018 Major Sponsors

Sue & Duff Arnold

John & Amy Linz

Richard & Susan Lyman

The Pelican's Reef

7261 Beechmont Ave. 
Cincinnati, OH 45230

7261 Beechmont Ave. 

Cincinnati, OH 45230


Tony & Cherie Linz

Lobsta Bakes of Maine

3533 Church St. 
Newtown, Ohio

3533 Church St. 

Newton, Ohio


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The Katie Linz Foundation