The Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation was 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 are currently focusing in 2 areas:
- increasing awareness
- funding research aimed at improving treatment outcomes
In 2011, the foundation undertook a first step toward increasing awareness. Through an endowment to WDET 101.9FM, Wayne State University’s NPR station, we are sponsoring local news radio, journalism and health reporting. Become a WDET listener and keep your ears open to hear the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation mentioned on the air.
Recently, the foundation committed to support research! In March of this year, Clinical Professor Paul Barach, M.D., M.P.H., joined the WSU School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics as the inaugural Children’s Cardiomyopathy and Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundations Research Scholar. A Harvard-trained cardiac anesthesiologist and intensive care expert with formal training as a health services researcher, Dr. Barach is considered one of the world’s leaders in quality and safety outcomes for children with heart diseases. In addition, he was formerly an associate professor at University of Miami and medical director of quality and safety at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He has edited several medical textbooks and published more than 400 medical articles. The position reflects the foundation’s recognition of the need to foster the next generation of researchers in the field. We are fortunate to have hired someone with Dr. Barach’s credentials in the inaugural year of this research scholar position. We are committed to funding it in perpetuity.
We will continue to support and collaborate with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding causes and cures for pediatric cardiomyopathy through research, education, awareness and advocacy. In 2014, the foundation was a major sponsor of CCF’s 3rd Annual International Symposium on Pediatric Cardiomyopathy. We look forward to supporting their 4th annual in 2017.
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,
Ken Rymiszewski & Aimée Cowher
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.
Make a donation to support the mission of the Kyle John Rymiszewski Foundation.
December 9-10, 2016
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 wdet.org.