BENEFITING: Miami Childrens Hospital Foundation Inc
Did you know that kids, and even infants, have strokes? Most people do not, yet pediatric stroke is one of the top ten causes of death in children. Despite the fact that 1 in 1,600 to 4,000 children will have a stroke every year, pediatric stroke is frequently misdiagnosed. The area is underfunded, under-researched, and there is little in the way of support for the survivors and their families. The KISS Initiative’s goal is to change this.
The effects of stroke are widespread. Strokes often cause a weakening or paralysis of one side of the body and can create challenges with everything from walking to talking to playing. The best way to rehabilitate a child after a stroke is to have him or her undergo therapy - lots and lots of it. Many children require a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapies to ensure they are optimizing their chances for a successful recovery. As you can imagine, the cost of such aggressive therapy is significant. While insurance and the State of Florida’s early intervention program may cover some of the services these children need, it is often not nearly enough.
What happens to the young stroke survivors who do not have good insurance coverage? What happens if these children are too old for the state's early intervention program?
We formed The KISS Initiative (Kid and Infant Stroke Support) to help these children. The KISS Initiative is a fund with the Miami Children's Health Foundation, and its focus is to assist pediatric stroke survivors with the significant costs of therapeutic intervention. Our end goal is to ensure that every child who requires aggressive rehabilitation following a stroke receives the services he or she needs and does not have to forgo therapy critical to his recovery due to finances. This may be something as simple as providing a child with an extra physical therapy session each week, or something more intensive and expensive, such as financing Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) for particular candidates.
Every child recovering from a stroke should to be able to receive the therapy he requires, no matter the cost. We are therefore asking for your help in supporting The KISS Initiative.
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We know first hand that a little kiss will go a long way to help these tremendously brave children reach their fullest potential. Thank you so much for your love, your generosity and your kisses.
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