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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Kappa Delta’s support of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU dates back to 1921. The sorority became interested in the work being done in our founding state by William Tate Graham, M.D., a pioneer in the field known for treating polio victims. Dr. Graham had become renowned for his revolutionary approaches and never turned away patients for their inability to pay.

Beginning with an initial pledge of $1,200 to support two beds, Children’s Hospital became Kappa Delta’s first national philanthropy. The sorority’s monetary and tangible gifts have totaled more than $2.2 million. Contributions funded the development of a motion clinic; provided playground equipment; and allowed the hospital to purchase necessary medical equipment, braces, neurosurgical instruments and vans to transport patients. The Kappa Delta Foundation provides an annual donation to the hospital in honor of Kappa Delta’s Founders Day.


Orthopaedic Research Awards

Kappa Delta’s partnership with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) evolved out of its work with Children’s Hospital. After meeting young patients with crippling diseases, Kappa Deltas’ early leaders wanted to make a difference not only in treatment, but in prevention.

In 1947, the sorority established the Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Awards. Starting with a $1,000 contribution in 1950, Kappa Delta now presents three $20,000 awards annually to leading orthopaedic researchers. It has given more than $1.9 million since the partnership began.

Often referred to as the Nobel Prize of orthopaedic research, the Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Awards have gone to researchers who have made key discoveries pertaining to bone grafting, treatment of polio, surgical correction of scoliosis, knee replacement, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, arthroscopic surgery — in short, most of the leading orthopaedic advancements to date.

You can support the sorority’s philanthropic efforts by giving to the Kappa Delta Foundation.

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