Student Research Update

Ongoing research to examine the ability of galactosugars to reduce disease severity

January 8, 2018


In April 2017, we awarded Alicia Fisch with the Kawasaki Disease Canada Student Research Award. Alicia’s research is supervised by Dr. Rae Yeung, Professor of Paediatrics, Immunology and Medical Science at the University of Toronto and the Senior Scientist in Cell Biology Research at The Hospital For Sick Children.

The research Alicia is conducting may help to establish a novel predictor of Kawasaki disease development, aiding in diagnosis, as well as provide an alternative treatment approach. Alicia’s research objective is to examine the role of elastin-derived peptides (EDPs) in the development of Kawasaki disease and whether it can be inhibited by galactosugars (such as lactose). Alicia’s newest finding is that galactosugars can be used to alter heart disease in mice developing KD. Diseased mice fed galactosugar-supplemented water developed less severe disease compared to those fed non-galactosugar-supplemented water. Research is ongoing to examine the ability of galactosugars to reduce disease severity. This could be the start of a new approach to treating patients with Kawasaki disease!

You can read the detailed update of Alicia’s research here.

Help us continue supporting research that could lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of children with Kawasaki disease by donating.

William’s Story

Undiagosed Kawasaki Disease

January 6, 2018

This is little William. William tragically passed away shortly after his first birthday as a result of undiagnosed Kawasaki disease. Over a span of three weeks, William was diagnosed with an ear infection, influenza and pneumonia by various doctors. It was not until he passed away due to a heart attack, 27 days after his initial fever, that it was discovered that he had developed multiple aneurysms as a result of Kawasaki disease.

In remembrance of William, please help us raise awareness of Kawasaki disease, so that we can try to prevent another precious child from being taken away too soon.

To learn the symptoms, please visit our home page.

(Thank you to William’s mother, Jasmine, for having the bravery to share her story with us.)


Happy New Year!

Get ready to #ShowUsYourHeart

January 6, 2018

Happy New Year to all of our supporters! Just 24 days until Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day on January 26th. We are asking you to #ShowUsYourHeart once again to spread awareness of Kawasaki disease. We were blown away by your support last year and can’t wait to see all of your hearts again this year!