Help Support Research for a Rare Form of Children's Epilepsy by Funding the Distribution of Books and Leaflets

KIYO FUND (A support society for SME research )

〒665-0854 6-1, Mefuyamatechō, Takarazuka-shi

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Project Description

Dravet Syndrome occurs in 1 in 40,000 children. It was designated as a child-specific disease in 2005, and incurable in 2014. A major characteristic of Dravet Syndrome(SME - severe myoclonic epilepsy) is that there are many types of seizures, some debilitating lasting more than 2~3 hours. It may cause encephalopathy and even death as some children stop breathing.
Many ordinary things in daily life can trigger seizures such as bathing, sunlight filtering through the trees, polka dot and striped patterns etc. It is hard to eliminate these factors in daily life.
Your donations help fund our research grant and increase awareness to add information to our database. We hope that a new drug will be developed through our research grant. Thank you for your support.


Yuko Hayashi

Representative Yuko Hayashi was born in Hyogo Prefecture and lives in Takarazuka.
Her second son developed Dravet syndrome at 6 months of age. Like other children with Dravet syndrome he suffers from seizures and epilepsy which made him cautious to engage in new activities. But with his family's support and contact with other people his attitude and demeanor changed. Based on that experience, she set up "Kiyokun Foundation Funding Party" and held a pop concert as an activity to deepen our understanding of epilepsy. To raise awareness they held plays and directed an original enlightenment program including a one-man show, a musical, a shadow play, and a story reading . Ms. Hayashi received the Cabinet Secretary's Award at a composition contest to expand the circle of mind. She was the Hart's "One Man Award" Grand Prix Winner for the book she wrote "The Heart Helper Dog Tenchan". She also published "Kimen of Special Talents".
Ms. Hayashi established the "Kiyokun Fund Support Program" and produced "Database of quality of life (QOL) improvement for Dravet syndrome" to help families and doctors with care for children with Drabe syndrome.


Human Services‎


Children‎, Research‎, Health, Welfare, Disabilities

Website & Social

Once a year, we hold "Kiyokun Fund grant" for research of the Dravet syndrome once a year for 500,000 yen.
We hold a commemorative lecture with researchers and a have a family exchange meeting for patients with Dravet syndrome.

We create and manage databases to improve QOL(quality of life) for those with Dravet Syndrome. We ask patient families to fill out information and we make this information available to other families, doctors, researchers, teachers, and supporters after registration.
The databases are divided based on each gene mutation and into sections: Medical(seizure, taking medicine), Health(body, rehabilitation), Life(service, living place after parents death).
We hope children with Dravet Syndrome can enjoy their childhood and that this information can reach other families and support patients even after their parents are gone.

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