National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day
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.