The Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in loving memory of our son, Kyle, who lost his life at age 15 when his heart of gold stopped beating. At birth, Kyle was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a chronic heart disease where the myocardium (heart muscle) is thickened. As a result, the heart cannot relax or contract normally. Eventually, it can lose its ability to pump blood effectively.

The foundation is dedicated to making a difference for those afflicted with this terrible disease and is currently focusing in 2 areas:

  • increasing awareness
  • funding research aimed at improving treatment outcomes

Over the past several years, we have increased the awareness of this disease by partnering with WDET 101.9FM, Wayne State University’s NPR station. You may have listened to one of Kyle’s Challenges, usually hosted in December, when WDET commits an entire day of fund-raising to benefit not only the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation but other local Detroit area youth-based nonprofit organizations. Over $150,000 in free promotional airtime has been provided to more than 15 organizations.

What’s even more exciting is that the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation has committed to support research! In March 2016, the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation, in partnership with Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation, established a research scholarship in Kyle’s memory. The first scholarship was awarded to Dr. Paul Barach, and we were ecstatic to have hired someone with his credentials in the inaugural year of this research scholar position.

In the second year of the position, we were equally excited to award the scholarship to Dr. Neha Bensal. She is one of the strongest rising stars in the field, representing the next generation of leaders. She has already completed much work on pediatric cardiomyopathy research during the past several years working with Dr. Steve Lipshultz, Pediatrician in Chief at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Bensal continues to contribute in her current role.

There have been 3 other research scholars named by the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation who have made significant contributions to the advancement of treatment. We are committed to funding the research scholarship in perpetuity.

Please consider supporting the Kyle John Foundation with a donation so that we can continue to make a difference for kids afflicted with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


In sincere appreciation for your interest,

Aimée Cowher

Kyle’s Mom

501(3)c EIN 27-2862753


The Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children afflicted by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. By collaborating with other well-established organizations who have a common interest, the foundation is focused on increasing awareness of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and funding research that improves treatment outcomes.

501(3)c EIN 27-2862753

Make a donation to support the mission of the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 24, 2024
Annual Kyle John Rymiszewski Memorial Golf Classic

Fern Hill Golf Club
17600 Clinton River Road
Clinton Township, MI

  • 9am Shotgun Start
  • 3pm Celebrate Life Dinner, Prizes, Auction and Raffles





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Past Events

Annual Kyle John Rymiszewski Memorial Golf Outing since 2010
Annual Celebration of Life since 2005

Eat good food, listen to music, play games, watch the sunset all in a beautiful setting.

Euchre Tournament, February 2020
Buckets & Bubbles

Eat, drink and support the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation.  Our friends at Gold Cash Gold have a commitment to give back.  Every Tuesday, they offer a Buckets & Bubbles special, which features their iconic fried chicken paired with a bottle of cava.  The cost is $35 and proceeds during the month of May 2018 will be donated to the foundation.  This is an easy way to support the foundation, eat great food and raise a glass in memory of Kyle.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Fundraiser at J. Baldwin’s

Many years on December 11th to celebrate Kyle’s birthday!

Kyle’s Challenge on WDET 101.9FM

The Kyle John Foundation is ready for you to get involved in a WDET community impact campaign. Kyle’s Challenge is a way for your year-end gift to have tremendous impact by supporting WDET and in turn fueling a huge giveback to the youth of our region! Learn more and meet Kyle’s Challenge with your gift now at

Make a donation to support the mission of the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation.