In 2011, the Kawasaki Disease Foundation declared January 26 the first National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day in the United States, and they presented the resolution before the 111th Congress, 2nd Session. Click here to read the KDF Resolution, and click here to read the Library of Congress Official Designation. The Kawasaki Disease Foundation chose this date because, on January 26, 1961, Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki of Japan had his “aha” moment when he saw his second patient with the telltale signs of what would later be named Kawasaki disease.
The Foundation encourages KD families to use this landmark day to help draw attention to this disease, which is currently the number one cause of acquired heart disease in U.S. children.
Fundraise Online for KD Day
Raise awareness of Kawasaki disease and funds for the KDF during National KD Awareness Day – January 26. Customize a personal fundraising page with your KD story to collect donations and raise awareness.
Donate $26 on the 26th for KD
Donate $26 on National KD Awareness Day – January 26. Invite your family and friends to make a donation on the 26th, in any amount, in your KD child’s honor.
Distribute KD Symptoms Posters
In connection with KD Awareness Day – January 26th, the Foundation published a poster to be distributed to doctor’s offices, hospitals, and clinics across the country.
Host a KD Awareness Day Fundraiser
Host a 5K run or walk, a golf tournament, gala, party, bake sale, or pancake breakfast in your community.
Shop for KD Awareness Day Apparel
Visit our KDF Shop for the latest KD Awareness Day apparel. Wear your KD Awareness Day t-shirts and hoodies year-round to raise awareness.
Share Your KD Story
Share your or your child’s KD story with us! Sharing your story helps raise awareness of the disease and may provide comfort to families facing KD.