Saturday, January 4, 2014

26 Days of Kawasaki Disease Awareness: Day 4

To celebrate the 4th annual National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day on January 26, 2014, I will be posting 26 ideas on how you can spread KD awareness in your own community and beyond - one idea per day until the 26th.  

Here are the past days:

Day 1: Help make 'National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day' officially recognized at the local, state, and national levels.
Day 2: Create an email signature to promote Kawasaki Disease awareness.
Day 3: Organize an art contest.

Now let's get to today's idea:

Day 4: Pass out KD awareness posters.

This is one of the very easiest and cheapest ways to spread Kawasaki Disease awareness. You receive posters from KD foundations, free of charge, and you pass them out wherever you see fit.  Some good places would be all the pediatrician offices in your town, school nurse's offices, and daycare centers.  Ask the recipients to post them in their exam rooms, restrooms or lobbies - anywhere parents are apt to see them.  You can ask if they would like one poster for every exam room.  There are two different foundations that currently have posters available for free.  Don't worry about choosing one; if you decide to do this project, get posters from both foundations and shuffle! 

The Kawasaki Disease Foundation, founded in 2000, has this awareness poster available in both print and digital format:

Kawasaki Disease Foundation's Awareness Poster

You can download this poster directly from the Kawasaki Disease Foundation's website by clicking here.  You can also request printed copies by sending an email to the address found in the previous link.  These posters will measure 12" x 18".


The other poster available for distribution comes from the Kawasaki Kids Foundation, founded in 2013 by the Logan Family.  These posters measure 11" x 17" and are printed on thick card stock.  Mr. Logan has said he will try his best to send these to any country, just contact him directly.  Here is what the posters look like:

Kawasaki Kids Foundation's Awareness Poster
To order some of these posters, send them a message through this contact page.  You can also get in touch with them through their Facebook and other social media pages, all of which are linked on that contact page. 

I actually have a pile of posters waiting for me in my closet and will hopefully be updating this post soon with our poster-passing-out experience.  If you decide to pass out some posters, please let us know how it goes and what your response is.  Take some pictures and I will post them here or over on Desperately Seeking Kawasaki Facebook page.  Come back tomorrow for Day 5 of 26 Days of Kawasaki Disease!

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