A 501(c)3 charity, whose mission is to eradicate the incidence of Reye's Syndrome.
38 years guarding the lives of children
Incorporated on August 3, 1974, in Bryan, Ohio, the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation is a health advocacy organization whose mission is to eradicate the incidence of Reye's Syndrome.
1973, at 2:35 on Palm Sunday morning, a beautiful little five year old died of Reye's Syndrome. She wasn't the first, or the last to be taken by this horrendous child-killer, she had parents who vowed to find out about this mysterious disease and find a cause and cure so no other child and their parents would have to suffer like their child and family. The National Reye's Syndrome Foundation was born.Children across the country were dying from this mysterious disease, and parents began contacting one another and finding their way to the Foundation. Fundraising began for research, and the first Reye's Syndrome Research Laboratory was established by the NRSF at Ohio State University in 1980, with Dr. Brian Andresen as its lead researcher.
By this time, the Foundation had established a Board of Directors, 70 plus chapters across the United States, yearly meetings, a Scientific Advisory Board, Research Grants, a Medical Director, and was compiling Reye's Syndrome data.In 1981, after an extensive investigation, the CDC and the Ohio State Health Department issued warnings against the use of aspirin in regards to Reye's Syndrome. Epidemiology tests showed that aspirin can trigger Reye's Syndrome.
In 1986 the FDA mandated Reye's Syndrome warning labels on the back of all aspirin products. This was an enormous achievement for the NRSF, given this act alone continues to save the lives of children today.
Dick Van Dyke, who lost a granddaughter to Reye's, became the NRSF's Spokesperson, and he produced Public Service Announcements for radio and TV, warning parents about Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin.Bill Cosby also participated with the Foundation by making Public Service Announcements and TV spots about Reye's Syndrome, warning parents about the aspirin link.
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, along with American Legion and Auxiliary Posts across the United States came together to assist the NRSF in getting the message out to parents and medical professionals:
Kids and Aspirin DON'T Mix!
The NRSF has accomplished all of this, and more, without seeking government funds. Instead, we rely on the kind warmheartedness of donors for support of all programs. We always have, and we always will. All board members, trustees, and advisory board members volunteer their time and services.
With a solid 38 year history of achievement and performance, the NRSF continues its Awareness and Service programs, advocating for healthy children with the deeply ingrained commitment of eradicating or curing this horrendous disease once and for all.