|The Busey Family Foundation was established in 2012 by actor Gary Busey and his fiancée, Steffanie Sampson. The
Foundation’s purpose is to raise funds for the awareness, education and research for Kawasaki Disease, (“KD”), and to
provide funding for families who are unable to afford the proper treatment of this disease.
Luke Busey, son of Gary Busey and Steffanie Sampson was diagnosed with KD at the age of 15 months and required
hospitalization for two weeks while being treated. The episode was extremely traumatic for the entire family, because
Luke, since his birth, had been the picture of robust health, and nobody in Luke’s family had ever heard of this insidious
disease, which, as they learned during the course of hospital treatment, carried with it the possibility of lifelong
disability or even fatal consequences. The challenge with the treatment of KD is that the symptoms mimic other
childhood diseases and often times it is not diagnosed and treated in time. When treating KD, time is of the essence. If
not diagnosed and treated within ten days of its onset, a once healthy child can become terminally ill.
KD occurs predominately in babies and children under the age of five years and affects roughly 15 out of every 100,000
children in the United States. In spite of this fact, the disease remains largely unknown by not only the American public
but by doctors also, who spend a very short time studying this disease while in Medical School.
The Foundation was borne after the Busey Family was approached by the doctor who treated Luke at Cedars Sinai
Hospital, to help with fundrasing for his research on KD. The Foundation welcomes affiliation with all health
organizations, whether local or national.
A Kawasaki team physician from UCSD is available 24 hours a day, for a physician-to-physician consultation for
suspected Acute Kawasaki disease cases.
For physician-to-physician consultations call Rady Children's Hospital operator at 858-966-1700 to have the Kawasaki
Team Physician paged. And/or follow the official Rady Children's Hospital page with the above information by clicking
Kawasaki Disease is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children, yet its cause remains unknown. It’s
a mystery Jane Burns has dedicated more than two decades to help solve. Burns is the director of the Kawasaki
Disease Research Center at UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital where she leads a multidisciplinary team that cares for
about 80 new Kawasaki disease patients each year and follows more than 1,200 families in the clinic.
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