Recent Website Updates:

  · Added 13th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (05/23/19)
  · Added 12th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (07/05/18)
  · Added 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (07/08/16)
  · Added 2016 KBMF Dance Showcase page (03/22/2016)
  · Added 9th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (07/15/15)
  · Added 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (07/03/14)
  · Added 2014 Spring Gala Fundraiser Page (04/01/14)
  · Added 2013 Jersey Mike's Fundraiser Page (09/05/13)
  · Added Spring 2013 Newsletter (04/22/13)
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (04/22/13)
  · Added 7th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (04/22/13)
  · Added T-Shirt order form to 8th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase page (04/22/13)
  · Added photos to Kathryn's Bears page (01/02/13)
  · Added Fall 2012 Newsletter (11/17/12)
  · Added 8th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase page (11/15/12)
  · Added 2012 Dinner Fundraiser (Connie's) page (11/15/12)
  · Added 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk page (04/17/12)
  · Added Spring 2012 Newsletter (04/13/12)
  · Added 2012 Dinner Fundraiser (California Pizza Kitchen) page 
  · Added Fall 2011 Newsletter (11/21/11)
  · Added 2011 Dinner Fundraiser page 
  · Added photo to 5th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase page 
  · Added photo to 6th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase page 
  · Added 7th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase page (07/23/11)
  · Added photo to Hobson Cooperative Nursery School Brick page (07/23/11)
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (04/19/11)
  · Added photos to 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk page 
  · Added Spring 2011 Newsletter (04/14/11)
  · Added 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk registration form (04/14/11)
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (11/21/10)
  · Added Fall 2010 Newsletter (11/19/10)
  · Added photos to Photo Gallery (04/15/10)
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (04/15/10)
  · Added Spring 2010 Newsletter (04/08/10)
  · Added 5th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase page 
  · Added 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk page 
  · Added Hobson Cooperative Nursery School Brick page 
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (11/19/09)
  · Added Fall 2009 Newsletter  
  · Added photo to DuPage Dragons Baseball Game  
  · Added photos to 4th Annual KBMF Dance Showcase  
  · Added photos to 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk  
  · Added new video to Video Gallery  
  · NEW FUNDRAISER! DuPage Dragons Baseball Game  
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (04/15/09)
  · Added latest Newsletter (04/14/09)
  · New info and pictures to Midwest Heart Foundation page (03/01/09)
  · Uploaded submitted photos to photo gallery (02/24/09)
  · Added photos to Chocolate Festival page (02/24/09)
  · Added photos to Kathryn's Bears page (02/24/09)
  · Added Midwest Heart Foundation page (02/05/09)
  · Added Chocolate Festival page (02/05/09)
  · Added photos to Kathryn's Bears page (11/22/08)
  · Added photos to Turkey Bowl page (11/22/08)
  · Created About Kathryn page (11/22/08)
  · Added newest Guestbook entries (11/20/08)
  · Added Tribute video to Video Gallery (11/16/08)
  · Uploaded submitted photos to photo gallery (11/16/08)
  · Added photos to 2008 5K Run/Walk page (11/16/08)
  · Added photos to 2008 Dance Showcase page (11/16/08)
  · Added photos to Kathryn's Garden page (11/16/08)
  · Added new Video Gallery page (9/4/08)
  · Updated Naper School Mural (6/23/08)
  · Updated 2nd Annual KBMF 5K Walk/Run (6/23/08)
  · Updated 2008 Showcasepage (06/23/08)
  · Added newest Guestbook entry (6/23/08)

The Kathryn Bender Memorial Foundation (KBMF) is a 501(c)(3) corporation established in honor of Kathryn Mary Bender, a 17 year old who passed away suddenly on November 20th, 2005 from Long QT syndrome.

Our Purpose

The KBMF corporation is organized to provide financial assistance and support to scientific research and public education regarding Long QT syndrome, a heart disease that can cause sudden death. The corporation will also provide financial assistance to children of all ages to allow them to pursue education in the art of dance; to provide college scholarships to students who exemplify Kathryn Bender’s dedication to education, dance and the community; in addition, the corporation will provide financial assistance and outreach support to foster care, child welfare and adoption agencies which are tax-exempt not-for-profit corporations so that children receiving services through such corporations have the opportunity to take dance lessons. 

        Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. The rapid         heartbeats, caused by changes in the part of your heart that causes it to beat, may lead to fainting. In some cases,         your heart's rhythm may beat so erratically that it can cause sudden death.

        Long QT syndrome is treatable. You may need to limit your physical activity, avoid certain medications that can                 cause the condition or take medications to prevent a chaotic heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Some people with long QT         syndrome also need an implantable device to control the heart's rhythm and to prevent against sudden death.

        (This information has been taken from www.mayoclinic.com)