|HELP WILL ROGERS GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTHFor those who arrive too early They are born too soon. They can weigh as little as 2 lbs. and can fit in the palm of your hand. Their organs aren’t fully developed and they suffer from pulmonary disorders. They are premature infants, and more than 500,000 are born annually in the United States alone. Since 2006, Will Rogers Institute has granted over $3 million for neonatal care to more than 50 medical facilities across the country.For those whose time is too shortCystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the deadliest and most common, inherited pulmonary disorders in the United States.* In 2012, the FDA approved Kalydeco, the first drug that targets the underlying cause of CF. Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, is one of the 26 medical centers to which WRI has provided funding for the research and treatment of pulmonary diseases. One hundred percent of the $600,000 grant was used to underwrite a Kalydeco drug study at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
For the future, before it's too late
Bruce Beutler, MD, a former Will Rogers Institute annual award recipient for lung research, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is an immunologist and geneticist and considered to be among the best in his fields. Dr. Beutler spearheaded the use of a technique called “forward genetics” to study genes and is credited with the identification of the key receptors that inform the body when an infection is present.
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