Kindervelt Supports Asthma Research

Kwasi Burgin with Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, director of the Division of Asthma Research.

Kwasi Burgin with Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, director of the Division of Asthma Research.

Facts about Asthma

Asthma was named a national epidemic by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2000.
Asthma is the number one cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness, resulting in approximately 14 million missed school days per year.
More than 3,000 children are seen each year in the Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Department because of severe asthma attacks.

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Kindervelt may sound foreign, but chances are that a member of the Cincinnati Children’s fundraising group lives right down the street from you.

Kindervelt (German for “child’s world”) got its start in 1971 with a small group of women who wanted to do something to help sick children – and have fun while doing it. Now the largest auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s, the organization has more than 1,200 members throughout the Tristate. Anyone can join and start “having fun while raising funds.”

“We have everyone from new mothers to grandmothers,” says Sheila Maxwell, president of Kindervelt. “We’re open to all who share a love of fun events and a great cause.”

To date, Kindervelt has raised nearly $14 million to support Cincinnati Children’s. In 2008, Kindervelt made a four-year commitment to support the newly created Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s. The division unites a multidisciplinary team of physicians, scientists and other specialists to spark greater communication and capitalize on cutting-edge research. The division coordinates clinical, academic and research programs across the medical center and the Tristate to develop the highest standards of care for children with asthma.

“We picked the Division of Asthma Research because asthma touches almost everyone,” says Maxwell.

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and affects 15 million people in the United States. More than 3,000 children are seen each year in the Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Department because of severe asthma attacks.

“I am thrilled and honored to have Kindervelt’s support,” says Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, director of the Division of Asthma Research. “Kindervelt cares deeply about our community. With their help, we can change the lives of children with asthma.”

Local Kindervelt chapters meet monthly and plan various fundraising activities. While each chapter operates independently, the organization is united by a citywide board of trustees. The group’s signature event is the annual Kinderklaus Markt. Held in November, the two-day event draws thousands of people and offers raffles, auctions, homemade baked goods and gifts, and a variety of fun games and activities.

You can make an impact in the life of a sick child simply by making a gift to Cincinnati Children’s.