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In 1974, the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, a health advocacy organization, was incorporated as a 501(c)3 charity, whose mission is to eradicate the incidence of Reye's Syndrome.


NRSF Programs:

Awareness - to aid in the early detection of Reye's Syndrome, and to educate the public and medical communities about the risk factor involved with the use of aspirin. To conduct awareness programs, the NRSF has brochures, bulletins, television and radio public service announcements, documentary and video/DVD presentations, widgets, blidgets, an App, websites and a blog.

Service - to give the families experiencing the personal trauma of Reye's Syndrome emotional support and guidance.

Research - to support investigation into the cause, management, treatment, and prevention of Reye's Syndrome, as well as study the impact the disease has had on survivors.


1973, at 2:35 on Palm Sunday morning, a beautiful little five year old dies of Reye's Syndrome.

Her parents vow to find out what this mysterious disease is, and to find a cause and cure, so other children and their parents don't have to suffer like their child and family. The National Reye's Syndrome Foundation was born.


In memory of the children lost, and for those who survived, we created a 35 year history of the Reye's Syndrome journey, with all of its heartache and all the hard work; the grassroots movement that put a killer disease in the spotlight, and we got a large part of the job done!

The 35 Year Memorial book is a timeline of events and the people and organizations who banded together to fight a common cause that in the end, saved the lives of thousands of children.

It is a history steeped in unherald participation, a history of great accomplishment, a history of great sacrifice. For as Helen Keller said, "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet, only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

This book can be purchased for $35.00 here on the website (price is a donation and includes shipping), and is a collector's item.
35 Year Book

Children across the country were dying from this mysterious disease, and parents began contacting one another and finding the Foundation. Fundraising began for research, and the first Reye's Syndrome Research Laboratory was established by the NRSF at Ohio State University in 1980, with Dr. Brian Andresen as its lead researcher.

By this time, the Foundation had established a Board of Directors, 70 plus chapters across the United States, yearly meetings, a Scientific Advisory Board, Research Grants, a Medical Director, and was compiling Reye's Syndrome data.

In 1981, after extensive investigation, the CDC and the Ohio State Health Department issue warnings against the use of aspirin in regards to Reye's Syndrome. Epidemiology tests are showing that aspirin can trigger Reye's Syndrome.

The NRSF enrolls Dick Van Dyke, who lost a granddaughter to Reye's, as NRSF Spokesperson and begins producing Public Service Announcements for radio and TV, warning parents about Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin.

Dr Andresen
Spokesperson Dick Van Dyke Bill Cosby also participated with the Foundation by making public service announcements and TV spots about Reye's Syndrome, warning parents about the aspirin link.

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, along with Legion and Auxillary Posts across the United States came together to assist the NRSF in getting the message out:

Kids and Aspirin DON'T Mix!

Many celebrities and politicians donated their time to support the NRSF initiatives. All are mentioned in our NRSF; A 35 Year Memorial book.

The NRSF has accomplished all of this, and more, without seeking government funds. Instead, we rely on the kind heartedness of donors for the support of all programs. We always have, and we always will.

Bill Cosby
In 1986 the FDA mandated Reye's Syndrome warning labels on the back of all aspirin products. This was an enormous achievement for the NRSF, given this act alone, continues to save the lives of children today.

And today, with a solid 38 year history of achievement and performance, the NRSF continues its Awareness and Service programs, advocating for healthy children, and watching over the aspirin industries, with the deeply ingrained commitment of eradicating or curing this horrendous disease, once and for all.

We invite your support. We invite you to join us. We invite you to be a part of our commitment.

Android Apps & eBooks The NRSF Blog School and Health Department Packages - Free! Talking to Tweens and Teens About Aspirin and Other Medications Join the Effort to Eradicate Reye's
We've created an App for the Android phone and tablets all about Aspirin, from lists of products containing and not containing aspirin, to drug interactions with aspirin, to diseases that aspirin negatively impacts...Learn More Our Blog is a great way to learn even more about aspirin and children, and get tips and hints about a range of things all centered around Reye's Syndrome and aspirin...Learn More The Foundation makes a special Reye's Syndrome Information package available to Schools, Health Departments, Human Resource Divisions, and to anyone who would like Reye's Syndrome information...Learn More Helping themselves, and sharing meds is a serious issue with Tweens and Teens. They do not realize the dangers involved, and often think OTC drugs are harmless. Talk to them about drugs, and Reye's... Learn More Through Awareness and Education, we can drastically lower the number of Reye's Syndrome cases. To do this, we need your help...Learn More


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In 1974, the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, a children's health advocacy organization, was incorporated as a 501(c)3 charity, with a mission to eradicate the incidence of Reye's Syndrome.
The Foundation does not receive, nor seek, government funding, and relies on the generosity of donors for support of all programs.
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