SFS 2017 Honoree Adora Wood, Neonatal Stroke Survivor

 

 

We are proud to honor Adora Wood at SFS 2017! Thank you so much Jami for writing Adora’s stroke story for us, and helping us spread pediatric stroke awareness!

Our friends at Peekaboo Magazine published Adora’s story and continue to be partners with us in fighting pediatric strokes! Thank you for all of the awareness you provide by featuring our honorees!

Read Adora’s Story¬†

Bellaflies funds testing for previously undetectable virus

We are thrilled to announce that our 2013 donation to Arkansas Children’s Hospital was extremely successful! As a direct result of your support, ACH is now able to detect a whole new genus of viruses, called parechoviruses. We can’t stress how important the impact of this work is. Prior to this grant, this virus was previously undetectable at ACH. Now that they are able to identify this genus of viruses, doctors and researchers will be able to report on the these viruses for the entire state of Arkansas and the surrounding region, contributing to an even greater understanding of these issues at a national level. Dr. Romero, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director, Clinical Trial Research , says he plans to use this data to improve long-term outcomes in children. We could not be more pleased with the direction that he is taking with this exciting new testing!

Here is a little bit about what a parechovirus or human parechovirus (HPeV) is. HPeV is divided into 2 species, A and B, and A consists of 16 different types.  HPeV infections are a frequent cause of infection in childhood. The clinical presentation is diverse, and varies from mild gastrointestinal infections to more severe diseases like meningitis and sepsis leading to mortality.

Cerebrospinal fluid, blood and feces have the highest sensitivity for detecting HPeV. After a primary HPeV infection, there is still a possibility of viral shedding in the feces and respiratory system for several weeks. Although, HPeV is a frequent cause of serious infection in children, there are limited tools available to fight these viruses. There is no treatment for HPeV infections, and little is known about the long-term prognosis of HPeV infections. (Information is from the National Institutes of Health)

If you have supported The Bellaflies Foundation this victory is yours! Your dedication to Making a Positive is improving and saving lives, and that is what Bella’s foundation is all about!

 

Thank you for supporting Strides for Strokes 2016!!

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 6.00.49 PMWe are ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to announce that Strides for Strokes 2016 has been our most successful year to date!! We are able to donate $9,000 to pediatric stroke research and education!!! The donations were still rolling in yesterday, so we wanted to make sure that everything was counted. THANK YOU to everyone who signed up, showed up, and committed to Making a Positive with us near and far!!!

Mark you calendars Strides for Strokes 2017 will take place on Friday, May 12th, 2017!!!

***We have a couple SFS 2016 T-shirts available in Youth S (2), Youth M (2), & Youth L(2), and Adult S (2) & Adult M (1). If you would like one please contact Janelle@bellaflies.org***