The Women Warriors Guild of the Seattle Children’s Hospital recently accepted a Muckleshoot Indian Tribe grant award of $5,000. The grant supports the research efforts to eradicate heart damage caused by Kawasaki Disease (KD).
The disease primarily affects young children and infants and more than 5,000 cases are reported each year and thousands more worldwide. KD is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. About 80 percent of the patients are under five years of age and disproportionately affects children of Asian or Pacific Island descent.
The members of the Women Warriors Guild working to combat this devastating disease include Sutapa Basu, Barbara Gangwer, Mary Hsu, the late and revered Vera Ing, Ruthann Kurose, Honorable Sharon Tomiko Santos, Edna Shim, Lynna Song, Christine Yorozu, Joan Yoshitomi, Ruth Woo and Dolores Sibonga. (end)