About The Kawasaki Disease Foundation
Kawasaki Disease Foundation strives to be at the forefront of Kawasaki Disease issues by uniting the personal insight of families with the expertise of medical professionals. KDF’s mission is based on three basic principles.
- Raising awareness among the medical community, childcare providers, and the general public is critical to early diagnosis and treatment
- Facilitating support among families is essential to helping families cope with this uncommon illness and the potentially devastating effects of heart damage
- Increasing funding for research is necessary to advance diagnostic guidelines, enhance the existing treatment, improve short-term and long-term follow-up care, and find a cause
Kawasaki Disease By The Numbers
Cause for Acquired Heart Disease
KD Cases Annually
Parents and Doctors Reached
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Kawasaki Disease History
Kawasaki disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious illness characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants. Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. Although about 80 percent of patients are under five years of age, older children and teenagers can also get KD, but this is uncommon. KD is more common in boys than girls, and the majority of cases are diagnosed in the winter and early spring. It is not contagious.
The KDF Bridges program matches families currently facing Kawasaki Disease with trained Support Volunteers. The volunteers are generally parents of children who have Kawasaki Disease, or adult patients who have recovered from Kawasaki Disease. The volunteers are screened and trained by experienced support professionals. The role of the support volunteer is to provide personal insight that may be helpful in coping with Kawasaki Disease.
The program evolved as a method of accomplishing one of the Foundation’s basic goals: providing support to families dealing with the diagnosis of Kawasaki Disease.
Kawasaki Disease Research Center at University of California San Diego
A very informative site with an overview, parent guide, photographs, and multi-language fact sheets. Find out about research being conducted at the University of California San Diego. Participants in important promising studies are urgently needed.
Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD enrolling young adults (age 15 or older) with a history of KD in childhood in study of health outcomes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD enrolling families in study of KD genetics. To learn more, contact email@example.com