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The K.I.S. Foundation presents the KiKi Shepard’s 11th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge at PINZ Entertainment Center in Studio City, CA on Saturday, September 27, 2014 to Raise Awareness About Sickle Cell Disease.

A Day at “The View”

Ginger Davis an advocate and adult living with SCD and KiKi Shepard, Founder & Executive Director of The KIS Foundation attended a taping of ABC’s network television show “The View” in New York City on December 12, 2013. They were special guests of KISF friend and supporter Sherrie Shepherd, and visited backstage with cast members Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg where they discussed the mission of raising awareness about Sickle Cell Disease

Photo: (L-R) Sherri Shepherd, Ginger Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, and KiKi Shepard

The KIS Foundation, Inc. strives to improve the social quality of life for individuals diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease.

Holiday Evening Comedy Show for SCD on Dec. 10, 2013

The KIS Foundation sponsors a Mentoring Day

The K.I.S. Foundation sponsors Board Member Dawnn Lewis for a Mentoring Day with a “Girls Hangout” at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, California on November 29, 2013.


We are proud to support of the efforts of Dawnn Lewis and to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity to explore the academic, business, and artistic arenas for these young ladies future careers.

Thank you Dawnn for all you do!

Please visit our KISF Programs page to learn more about the Performing Arts & SCD Educational Leadership Program.

KiKi Shepard’s 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

Be sure to visit our Events page to learn more about KiKi Shepard’s 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at PINZ Entertainment Center located at 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604.

Tickets are available and can be purchased online from our website, or at the event door while supplies last.


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Sickle Cell Awareness featured on “Joy In Our Town” Television Show Hosted by Reba Toney

KiKi Shepard, Founder & Executive Director of The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. was invited by the wonderful Star Simmons, Founder of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County, to be a guest speaker on Sickle Cell Disease for television show “Joy In Our Town”, hosted by Reba Toney on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Ms. Shepard stated, “The K.I.S. Foundation is honored to be in the presence of such an exceptional panel of experts on Sickle Cell Disease. A great deal of information was shared with viewers, and this type of programming helps us to educate the public about SCD, its debilitating effects, ways of prevention, the bone marrow transplant surgery, and the need to get tested now.”

The television segment will air three(3) times this coming week:
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 8:30am (PST)
Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 3:00am (PST)
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 10:30am (PST)

The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., is committed to improving the health and quality of life for children, adults, and families living with Sickle Cell Disease because sickness has no boundaries and compassion has no limits.

TBN is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel. TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeal to people in a wide variety of Protestant, Catholic and Messianic Jewish denominations.

Please be sure to check your local television listing, and tune in to “Joy In Our Town”.

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WNBA LA Sparks Support The KIS Foundation For Sickle Cell Disease

On July 18, 2013, KISF 2012 Board Member Extraordinaire, Ms. Dawnn Lewis surprised one of our SCD families with a night out at the Staples Center for a WNBA game. The LA Sparks graced their home court against the Phoenix Mercury, but this was no ordinary game experience. Attendees were given the VIP treatment with entry into the arena, first row seating behind the visiting team, commemorative t-shirts, Sparks goodie bags, the opportunity to watch the players shoot around before the game, access to Sparks players before and after the game, personal autographs, an autographed ball from all of the players, and pictures with several players from the LA Sparks.

Dawnn Lewis also cheered on the LA Sparks as the evening’s Celebrity Guest Coach! She gave out advice to the players as they came and left the bench, and her game day spirit kept everyone totally engaged and entertained.

Special thanks to the WNBA Players Candace Parker and Alana Beard of the LA Sparks for showing us a good time!

World Sickle Cell Day is June 19th

World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD) is celebrated on June 19th of each year. It was created by the United Nations by resolution and it is recognized globally.

Sickle-cell anaemia is one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases, that it has severe physical, psychological and social consequences for those affected and their families, and that in its homozygote form (an organism with identical pairs of genes) it is one of the most lethal genetic diseases.

The main emphasis of WSCD is to educate medical professionals, care givers, and associated personnel about prevention, research, and resources to minimize the complications due to sickle cell disease. June 19th is devoted mainly to raising awareness through talks, seminars, pamphlets, literature and consultations.

Show your support of World Sickle Cell Day by attending the Los Angeles Cell-a-bration on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the 2nd AME Church, 5500 South Hoover, Los Angeles CA 90037 from 10am-2pm. Learn the importance of being as healthy as you can be. For those guests who do not have Sickle Cell Disease or the Trait, you can help to assist the Sickle Cell Community by donating blood for those on transfusion therapy and by becoming a marrow donor.

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FREE SAG-AFTRA Health Fair on May 15, 2013

The K.I.S. Foundation will be hosting a booth at the SAG-AFTRA Health Fair on Wednesday, May 15, 2013  from 10:00AM – 3:00 PM at SAG-AFTRA located at 5757 Wilshire Boulevard – Lobby Level, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Come out and get informed about Cancer, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease, Heart Disease, and other medical issues that affect our communities.

This is a FREE Health Fair! Services available include registry for the Be the Match Marrow Registry Program at The K.I.S. Foundation booth, as well as, eye screenings, massage therapy, HIV/AIDS testing, foot exams by a podiatris, a blood drive at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Bloodmobile and much, much more. Do come early to take advantage of these services. The Health Fair is open to all industry union members and their dependents. No RSVP required.


The K.I.S. Foundation Announces Its TWO Biggest Annual Events for 2013

The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to announce that it will host two major special events in 2013 that will bring together members of the entertainment industry, businesses, families and Sickle Cell patients.

First join us as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of “KiKi Shepard’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge” on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at PINZ Entertainment Center, Los Angeles, California.

Then, in the Winter of 2013 The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. will host its first ever, “Break the Sickle Cycle” Benefit Concert at a beautiful theater in the Los Angeles, California area. Dawnn Lewis, Chairwoman & KISF Board Member invites, “the community to enjoy an evening filled with a wide variety of Celebrity Entertainment from Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award winning artists and actors as they celebrate through song, dance, spoken word, and acting, all the while raising awareness about Sickle Cell Disease.”

These highly anticipated events have been designed to educate the public about this fatal disease, and to stimulate continued dialogue about how it is spread, it’s debilitating effects, ways of prevention, bone marrow transplant surgery, and, the need to get tested now!

Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available. For more information please email:

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