Tuesday, November 22, 2011
CINCINNATI – Nov. 16, 2011 - CURED Foundation (Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease – www.curedfoundation.org) has pledged $100,000 to help fund groundbreaking eosinophilic research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Eosinophilic disorders are diseases associated with chronic inflammation of various tissues, primarily the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms can include severe pain, vomiting and food impaction. The disease is often associated with food and environmental allergens. Children with one of these disorders can be on very restrictive diets and even restricted activity for days, weeks, months and even years to manage symptoms of the disease.
"CURED has been an amazing faithful supporter of Cincinnati Children’s for years," says Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology and of the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders. "They know we are doing important work to help end suffering for patients from around the world with eosinophilic disorders. I am honored that the CURED Foundation again chose to invest their funds in our research."
The contribution was the result of the CURED Foundation’s participation in a national Facebook competition among nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada to win votes for the work they do. CURED garnered nearly 76,000 votes from its supporters, many of whom were part of the Cincinnati Children’s community. The CURED Foundation won a $100,000 prize after receiving the most online votes in their region, which they donated to Cincinnati Children’s.
The Vivint Gives Back Project, a program run by Vivint Inc., hosted the competition. Vivint Inc. is a leading provider of home technology services in North America.
A nonprofit organization founded by Ellyn and Fred Kodroff, who were driven to find a cure to eosinophilic disorder to end their daughter’s (Jori) suffering. The nonprofit solely supports research and public awareness for eosinophilic disorders. The foundation has supported research being conducted at Cincinnati Children’s since its founding in 2003.
The Vivint Gives Back Project is a program run by Vivint, Inc. It is an opportunity for Facebook users to help Vivint support charities that are doing good work in neighborhoods and communities across the United States. The charity that receives the most votes receives $250,000, while the remaining top charity in each of five regions receives $100,000 each.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 Best Children's Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for gastroenterology and in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties - a distinction shared by only two other pediatric hospitals in the United States. Cincinnati Children's is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org
Kate Setter, 513-636-1297, firstname.lastname@example.org