Giving Kids Hope

A Virtual Success for Childhood Genetic-Based Research 

 

 

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine hosted Giving Kids Hope to benefit the Research Institute for Children’s Health. The event honored James Demuth and Greg Kimble on behalf of the Doris and Floyd Kimble Foundation with the Giving Kids Hope Award for their continued dedication to the treatments of genetic-based disorders and ongoing support of the institute.

As a result of the success of the event and support from our sponsors, donors and guests, we were able to raise nearly $110,000 to improve outcomes for children suffering from devastating diseases and disorders by accelerating breakthroughs into new therapies and cures. Millions of children across the country are affected by medical conditions for which effective treatments are either non-existent or could be substantially improved. Genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, phenylketonuria, neurological and mitochondrial disorders could all benefit from better treatments, as could more common disorders like diabetes and asthma. The proceeds will allow Dr. Mitchell Drumm and colleagues at Case Western Reserve to continue to perform their research and address these needs by employing the latest technologies in genetics and genomics, cell biology and pharmacology to rapidly pinpoint the causes of these disorders and develop new drugs or other approaches to treat them.

To learn more about the Research Institute for Children's Health, visit the website.

Greg Kimble (second from left) accepts the Giving Kids Hope Award

 

Giving Kids Hope guests toast with Research Institute for Children's Health wine glasses

 

 

Letter from the Director

On behalf of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Research Institute for Children's Health, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your support of Giving Kids Hope.

I hope you enjoyed the evening, but also came away with a sense of the importance of our mission and the passion that our researchers have for childhood disorders.  I also hope we conveyed why financial support is so crucial for us to convert our research discoveries into new therapies. Right now, funding is the major obstacle in front of us. Support from friends like you allows us to attract and retain some of the nation’s brightest researchers and provide them with the tools they need to identify genes that cause a disorder, develop disease models and test potential therapeutics. Biomedical research and incorporating it into health care today is a team effort and we are so grateful to have you on our team.

Thank you for your dedication to our institute, community and beyond.

With sincere gratitude,

Mitchell Drumm, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research and Technology Management
Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
Director, The Research Institute for Children’s Health
Connie and Jim Brown Professor of Cystic Fibrosis Research
Case Western Reserve University

 

Guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening featuring Cash Explosion host David McCreary as emcee and auction entertainer, with patient interviewer WKYC Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins and guest entertainer Patrick Lynch of Sinatra CLE. Guests also enjoyed a bourbon raffle, unique virtual auction and a four-course dinner and wine pairing with commentary by Mike Smith, owner and executive chef of Thyme Table, Thyme Catering CLE and Thyme Traveler Truck and Jim Demuth, Gregory James Wines proprietor.

To view photos from the event, please visit the Research Institute for Children’s Health Facebook page. Don’t forget to share your event photos with us on social media. When sharing your pictures, please use #CWRUGivingKidsHope and like our Facebook page: facebook.com/ResearchforKids.

 

 

At the event, guests heard first-hand from the Gibbs family and Ryan Ress on how such genetic diseases can affect daily life and its simple routines, like sleeping and eating, that we often taken for granted. We also heard from Dr. Mitchell Drumm, with Drs. Rebecca Darrah and Paul Tesar, about how his team is leading the Research Institute for Children's Health and the School of Medicine's efforts to provide research and cures for 21 diseases that impact the lives of children throughout the world.

To hear more about the institute's efforts with Drs. Mitchell Drumm, Rebecca Darrah and Paul Tesar, watch this video. To watch the patient interviews with Monica Robins, watch this video.

To support the Research Institute for Children's Health please donate here. To learn more about the institute and how you can be a part of its success, contact Patrick Savage at Patrick.Savage@case.edu or 216.268.1191.

 

Thank you, Sponsors!

ROCK STAR

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Gregory James Wines
Tucson, Inc.

  PLATINUM
Mylan
James Herget and Pamela Davis

  GOLD

Mr. and Mrs. Randall Barbato
Case Western Reserve University Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
Jim and Theresa Fallon/The Sherwin-Williams Company
 Kaulig Foundation
 KeyBank
  Paul and Linda Longville
 Oak Associates, ltd.