Welcome into the FantasyFootball7s Kawasaki Disease Charity League article. The first part of this article highlights Kawasaki Disease, my daughter being diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease, and our family experience after it. The second part will be information regarding FantasyFootball7s Kawasaki Disease Charity;
- set up
- recommended donation amount
- how to pay
- prizes to the winner
- how to join, and how the tournament will announce the winner!
Kawasaki Disease as defined by the American Heart Association:
Kawasaki disease (KD), also known as Kawasaki syndrome or mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome, is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed countries. KD affects children and a smaller percentage of teens, creating inflammation in the blood vessels, particularly the coronary arteries.
Kawasaki Disease was first discovered in 1967 in Japan, and in 1976 the first reported cases in the USA appeared. There was a large spike in Kawasaki Disease cases in 2020. More information is needed to come to a conclusion as to what, if any, correlation there could be between COVID-19. There were over 20 reported cases in Britain before April 2020. With dozens of cases reported in Northern Italy and France by the end of April 2020.
My Experience with KD- Initial Symptoms
In early February of 2020, my coworkers and I experienced what we thought was a tourist strain of flu. It began in late January and slowly made its way through our entire staff. In the second week of February, my wife and I noticed that our daughter (10 months at the time) was becoming increasingly warmer and crankier. She developed a fever which would only subside with Tylenol/Motrin, but come back after a few hours. We then began to notice her hands swelling and turning red. Combined with redness of her eyes, and complete incapability to sleep.
We went to the hospital and they informed us to monitor it over the next few days. If, after 6 days the symptoms were still present to call. Their rationale was that it could be the common rash children experience known as the Roseola virus.
Our sleeping went to nil over the next week, and our daughter’s rash became worse. Spreading all over her body, with swelling and heat. She refused to be put down, and had to be held by one of us, but mainly held by my wife. The lack of sleep, constant worry, and non-stop crying made us feel as though we were going crazy. As well as making us think we were dealing with something more serious than Roseola Virus. On the 7th day, we returned to the hospital. They could tell our daughter was experiencing something more serious, but could not diagnose it.
My Experience with KD- Flying To The Children’s Hospital
My wife and daughter were put on a jet and immediately flown to Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver. Only one parent was allowed to accompany the child. So I would have to drive 7 hours up and over 2 mountain passes in the middle of a Rocky Mountain winter.
The fear and worry that can accompany someone after watching their child loaded onto a jet is overwhelming. I can not think of one song. Or even if I stopped. Or a single landmark during my drive to the Children’s Hospital. Infact, all I remember is arriving at the parking garage.
We had daily meetings with a fleet of doctors, from the infectious disease team, the cardiologist team, and the pediatricians. All explaining to us what Kawasaki Disease is, and what the possible treatments were. All of which were not 100% sure to cure her because this is such a newly discovered disease.
My Experience with KD- Treatment
Our daughter received two treatments. First was the IVIG. It is basically a blood transfusion without blood but consists of only antibodies. After that treatment, her heart was checked again. As we had feared, we were informed her heart had continued to be attacked, enlarging her coronary artery.
This is when we decided to seek the second treatment option to stop the damage to her heart. We ended up staying 9 days at Children’s Hospital, waiting on evaluation and measurement to her dilated coronary artery.
Luckily, we were given meals, mental and emotional support, as well as a backpack filled with coloring books, toys, stuffed animals, and pamphlet information that was paid for and provided by the Kawasaki Kids Foundation. We also received paid lodging by a local non-profit organization so our daughter could receive further evaluation the following week.
This was a huge blessing, as my family and I are like millions of other citizens of the USA, without insurance. We didn’t know Kawasaki Disease existed, much less how to handle this rare disease or what to expect. We live over 1,000 miles (1,600 KM) from our families, and grateful for everyone who consoled us and to those who helped in healing our daughter.
My Experience with KD- Update on my Daughter’s condition
To give you an update. My daughter recently had her 2 year cardiovascular appointment. I am so glad to announce she is 100% healthy. Her coronary artery is the correct size, and her heart is fully functioning!!
We have been fortunate so far, and thanks to attentiveness we may have caught it in time for her to not experience any health complications in the future.
My experience with KD – How You Can Help
The truth is, there is not enough data to conclusively state what are, if any, of the long-term effects. The sad truth is several patients are not diagnosed in time or experience other complications during treatment or recovery. It is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed countries. Yet around 95% of the population are unaware it exists. Or the harm it can cause.
100% of all money raised from the #FantasyFootball7s Tournament will be donated to the Kawasaki Kids Foundation. Their mission statement, statistics on recovery/impact, along with tons of information can be found on their website: https://www.kawasakikidsfoundation.org/
The suggested donation is $20 (£15). Of course, feel free to donate more. Equally, it is completely understandable if you can not donate the suggested amount. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. We have set a modest donation goal of $1,000. If everyone donates the $20 the total amount would be $1,280!!!
To donate to the charity league and sign up for #FantasyFootball7s please click here:
This will go to Iggy’s Deep Dive LLC which in turn will go to the Kawasaki Kids Foundation. We will donate in one large sum as it guarantees that money will go to research. Once you have completed this, you will gain access to…
#FantasyFootball7s BATTLE ROYAL!!! A Tournament to not only raise money and awareness for Kawasaki Disease. But also, to inform the masses about the great joy of playing with IDP. As well as in larger leagues, and show a format/point system that can lead to better fantasy and betting experiences.
FantasyFootball7s Kawasaki Disease Charity BATTLE ROYAL INFORMATION
- On Sleeper
- Wrestling themed!!!
- 4 conferences (WWE Women Champions!!) with 4 divisions of 4 teams
- Each team chooses an iconic wrestler for an avatar
- Weekly stories from yours truly, IDP Iggy
- Weeks 1-16, playoffs begin Week 14, Conference Champions crowned week 16, Top scores of Winners compared for rankings & prizes
- Prizes for each conference winner (To be determined)
- Weekly shout outs and updates on Iggy’s Fantasy & Betting Podcast
- Offense QB, RB x2, WR x2, Flex (RB, WR, TE) SF (QB, RB, WR, TE)
- Defense D/ST, DL, LB, DB, IDP FLEX x3
- Kicker + Return Yards for D/ST and Individual
So hopefully, you understand what a bit more about the FantasyFootball7s Kawasaki Disease Charity League. Please Spread the word about both! Follow Iggy’s F & B on all formats! Until next time…
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