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Swank Foundation Supports Nemours KidsHealth Online Center for Cerebral Palsy

$246,000 gift for development of videos and web content

Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Delaware Valley

The Swank Foundation has announced a gift to the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health to benefit families with children affected by cerebral palsy (CP) and other neuromuscular disorders. Throughout their children’s lives, these families need information, perspective, and support.

The Swank Foundation has pledged $246,000 to support KidsHealth, the #1 website for children’s health information. This funding will be used to develop new video and web content around cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions.  The experts at KidsHealth will build resources to provide families with practical and caring information available anytime, anywhere, including:

  • An online Cerebral Palsy Center with content on cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular diseases, including essential information about management of home, school and family life.
  • A video series for parents of newly diagnosed children, to include personal stories of families and siblings, to provide perspective and hope.
  • Materials for educators, from pre-K through high school, to help them better  understand and prepare for students with cerebral palsy

“Families come to KidsHealth looking for physician-reviewed information, perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of medical and emotional concerns affecting children,” said Neil Izenberg, MD, Chief Executive of Nemours KidsHealth. “This new Cerebral Palsy center on KidsHealth.org will provide an easily-accessible resource for families.”

“At the Swank Foundation, we are constantly impressed with the neuro-orthopedics program at Nemours,” said Nancy Gale, of the foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are proud of the work we have been able to do together so far. And we are pleased to present this new gift so Nemours can continue helping children with neuro-orthopedic conditions and their families.”

This most recent gift marks nearly $2 million in total philanthropic support from the Swank Foundation.  In 2011, a gift of $1 million from the Swank Foundation established the Swank Center in Neuro-Orthopedics at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. This gift made possible the creation of a cerebral palsy database, new equipment to fabricate orthotics for children with disabilities, professional and family education, psychological support for children with neuro-orthopedic conditions and their families, and improvements to the hospital’s Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory. An additional gift of $500,000 supported the creation of a tissue bank, giving researchers efficient access to tissue to improve understanding of the biomarkers of CP and lead to better diagnostic tools and therapies. This latest gift of $246,000 exponentially furthers the Swank Foundation’s goal of providing resources for families via the impressive reach of Nemours’ KidsHealth.org.

The content developed on the website will draw substantially on topics discussed at the Swank Foundation Family Conference, held annually at duPont Hospital for Children. In addition, KidsHealth is assembling a family advisory group to be a vital part of the content development team. The site is expected to launch in late 2015–early 2016.

With its vast distribution network, KidsHealth.org and its more than 80 children’s hospital partners, including duPont Hospital for Children, will make this rich content related to CP and neuromuscular disorders accessible to hundreds of millions of families.

About KidsHealth

KidsHealth.org is the #1 site devoted to children’s health and development in English and Spanish. Each year, over 200 million parents, kids, and teens turn to KidsHealth.org for expert answers, making it the Web’s most-accessed site on children’s health. KidsHealth.org has been honored as one of the 30 Best Websites by U.S. News & World Report, one of the 50 Coolest Websites by TIME magazine, and the Best Family Health Site “For Moms” by Good Housekeeping.

KidsHealth also creates KidsHealth in the Classroom, a free website for educators featuring standards-based health curricula, activities, and handouts. KidsHealth comes from Nemours, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit pediatric health systems and a founding member of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a partner to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign that mobilizes the nation to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. For more information about KidsHealth, please visit KidsHealth.org.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves.