Since the foundation began, we have formed a great relationship with the CDC's Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch. They have provided Kyle Cares with an enormous amount of information and support and we have worked together in the mission of saving others from this amoeba.
~Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation has donated $60,000 to this department at the CDC so they can continue their work in finding a cure for PAM, developing rapid diagnostics and our donations aid their efforts in getting awareness, medication and information out to the doctors across the U.S. In 2018, our $30,000 donation went specifically to aid in adding new lab tech to their department to work specifically on a project for a new point of care test for naegleria folweri.
Over the past few years, Kyle Cares has aided in getting the drug miltefosine into hospitals around the country so it would be more easily accessible if ever needed to treat a patient with possible PAM. Timing is critical so this was a huge accomplishment for our foundation.
In 2012, Kyle Cares teamed up the Houston Baptist University where students and professors took immediate interest in our work and our mission. They invited us to come speak at the university and by late summer they began testing water samples from 3 Texas lakes for naegleri fowerli.
~The Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation donated $1000 to the HBU student and $1000 to the lab for continued research of naegleria fowleri.
We have made a great connection with a team of researchers in California who have published a research report where they have tested and found a drug that successfully treats and kills the naegleria fowleri, in vitro. The FDA has approved this medication as Orphan Drug status and the researchers are continuing their research and efforts so one day this medication is approved to treat naegleria fowleri on a patient, but without the toxic effects of the current Amphotericin B.
~The Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation has teamed up with this department and others and has contributed $5000 to further research with this new treatment. The drug is currently in research at the NIH.
Kyle Cares, with your support and donations will continue to spread the awareness through these organizations as well as our baseball tournaments, golf tournaments, awareness merchandise, sponsoring teams and events, awareness flyers, awareness packs, videos, speaking at schools and other gatherings, and through sharing our website and Facebook page.
We are looking forward to another great year of awareness and all with the hope of saving others from the heartache and pain naegleria fowleri causes.