Kennedy Krieger Institute Honors Judy Woodruff for Pediatric Brain Injury Advocacy, Plans Broader Impact in Washington Region and Beyond

Woodruff: ‘We can save and improve children’s lives together.’

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#JudyWoodruff–On Wednesday night, Kennedy Krieger Institute honored veteran journalist Judy
Woodruff
, host of PBS NewsHour, for her longtime support for the
Institute’s groundbreaking work in pediatric brain injury, research and
treatment. Her personal connection to Kennedy Krieger stems from her son
Jeffrey’s rehabilitation there following a brain injury.

Also at the event, Kennedy Krieger’s recently-named
president and CEO
, Dr. Bradley Schlaggar, outlined his
innovative approach to grow the Institute’s impact and change the
trajectory of children’s lives through enhanced pediatric brain
research. With one in every six children in the U.S. affected by a
brain disorder, disease or injury
, most families are personally
affected by one of these conditions, or they know someone who is.

“Kennedy Krieger Institute is filled with people who have this calling
to be engaged with patients and their families for the long haul.
Equally as important, however, is the dedication from our world-class
research team. Kennedy Krieger’s research is changing how we treat more
common conditions, like autism and ADHD; some of the most
widely-discussed topics of the day, like concussions; and rarer brain
conditions and injuries. And that research is truly changing lives by
changing patient trajectories—which is why we are expanding our
footprint and fundraising to ensure this critical research continues,
and can be applied to even more patients. It’s an incredible place,” Dr.
Schlaggar said.

At the event, titled “Whatever It Takes,” Woodruff’s friend and fellow
veteran journalist Andrea Mitchell interviewed Woodruff on her
experience at Kennedy Krieger. The conversation between Woodruff and
Mitchell focused on why that experience, 20 years ago, inspired Woodruff
to advocate for a future in which all children with brain disorders
receive the best possible care.

Woodruff then interviewed Dr. Schlaggar for a look ahead at what the
future holds for Kennedy Krieger. Dr. Schlaggar talked about how the
Institute is expanding its research to transform how we understand and
treat the developing brain, and how support for Kennedy Krieger’s work
will broaden the Institute’s ability to positively impact more
children’s lives. Dr. Schlaggar also announced that a pinwheel
statue—representative of the idea that small movements can make a big
difference—would be placed in the children’s garden in Jeffrey’s honor.

“Kennedy Krieger Institute made all the difference in the world for our
family after our son Jeffrey experienced a life-changing brain injury,”
Woodruff said. “They are the world leader in pediatric brain injury in
terms of the research and the science. But it’s really the people who
make Kennedy Krieger the remarkable place it is. Their amazing doctors,
nurses, and physical and occupational therapists made it their mission
to give Jeffrey every possible opportunity he could have.”

The event’s honorary chair was Sharon Percy Rockefeller,
president and CEO of WETA. Presenting partners were Janet and Robert
Sloan
and Joey’s Foundation. The event, which raised funds
for Kennedy Krieger and Joey’s
Foundation
, was the first of its kind in Washington, D.C., for the
Baltimore-based Institute.

Note to media: Photo selects from the event are available
here
. In addition, video of 10-year-old Ellie McGinn, a
Kennedy Krieger patient who takes a tailor-made “cocktail” of vitamins
and antioxidants every day to treat a rare genetic brain condition,
interviewing Woodruff can be
found
here
.

Visit KennedyKrieger.org
for more information about Kennedy Krieger or to donate to the Institute.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and
adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and
musculoskeletal system, Kennedy Krieger Institute, with locations
throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington metro area, serves 24,000
individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and
community services, and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides
a wide range of services for children with developmental issues, from
mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are
contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the
same time pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis.

Contacts

for Kennedy Krieger Institute
Melanie Fonder Kaye, 414-708-2525
melanie@mission.partners

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