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Patients Take Part in National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day at Rady Children’s

WHAT: January 26th has been declared National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day. Local families and doctors will hold a media event at Rady Children’s Hospital at 10:30 a.m. to share their stories about Kawasaki Disease (KD) and to raise awareness in the community. Kawasaki Disease is an illness that can cause permanent heart damage or even lead to death if not diagnosed within 10 days of developing KD. Without proper treatment, about 25 percent of children develop heart disease involving the coronary arteries. Every year, more than 4,200 children are diagnosed with KD in the United States. The disease is named after Tomisaku Kawasaki, a Japanese pediatrician who first described the illness in the medical literature in 1967.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Medical Office Building, 3030 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA

WHO: Jane Burns, director, Kawasaki Disease Research Center at Rady Children’s and the University of California San Diego, patients, parents and a representative from councilmember Sherri Lightner office.