Celebration of NEW Sickle Cell Treatment Endari®

We at The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., are simply ecstatic to celebrate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Endari®. This marks the the FIRST NEW LIFE-CHANGING TREATMENT for Sickle Cell Disease in almost 20 years! It’s also the first-ever treatment approved for children.

We salute the research and medical advancements of LA BioMed and Emmaus Life Sciences of Torrance for developing this noninvasive medical treatment for #SCD patients!!

Photo-The K.I.S. Foundation Board of Directors (L-R): André Dawson, KiKi Shepard, and Arjay Smith

FDA Approves Endari® – The First New Sickle Cell Treatment in Almost 20 Years


On July 7, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Endari® (L-glutamine oral powder) for patients age five years and older with Sickle Cell Disease to reduce severe complications associated with the blood disorder.

This represents the first-ever treatment approved for children and the first new treatment for Sickle Cell Disease in almost 20 years.

Patients who were treated with Endari® experienced fewer Sickle Cell Crises, fewer hospitalizations for Sickle Cell Pain, fewer days in the hospital, and also had fewer occurrences of acute chest syndrome (a life-threatening complication of Sickle Cell Disease).

The FDA granted the approval of Endari®, a life-changing treatment developed at LA BioMed and licensed to Emmaus Life Sciences of Torrance.

We’ll “be AWE inspired” in 2018

SAG-AFTRA Health Fair

The K.I.S. Foundation continues its mission to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease within the entertainment community. We are so thankful to everyone who stopped by our booth during the *SAG-AFTRA Health Fair on May 3, 2017 at the Los Angeles Local Headquarters.

Special thanks to the Misty Melony Sickle Cell Disease Foundation for partnering up with us for this event.

*Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (“SAG-AFTRA”)

6th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball

The K.I.S. Foundation had the pleasure to be photographed with one of our biggest sponsors, UPS at the 2017 6th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball in Los Angeles, CA. Pictured are Motion Picture/Television celebrity Dawnn Lewis, along with members of The K.I.S. Foundation Board of Directors, Salli Richardson Whitfield, Dondré T. Whitfield and KiKi Shepard.

Delivery Day at the Hospital

The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., visited with the patients and families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a Special Delivery of the “Crisis Care Package”. This program provides a Response-Aid Kit at not cost to Sickle Cell Disease patients who have been admitted to the hospital because of a Sickle Cell Crisis within the Los Angeles CA area.

Photo: KiKi Shepard, Founder & Executive Director, The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., and Zaniah.

Ms. KiKi Shepard did a couple of rounds while at the hospital and delivered “Crisis Care Packages” housed in a backpacks. She had the opportunity to meet Zaniah, Age 7, during her stay and shared some joy.

Photo: Zaniah, Ms. Mary, and Enshalay Tyler.

For more information about The Crisis Care Package, please visit our programs page.

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