One of the best GA guest stars of S9 (if not ever in the show’s history!) was the incredible Sarah Chalke, am I right? Well, she has started a Crowdrise to help in the research of Kawasaki Disease:
Sarah Chalke Starts Crowdrise Fundraiser for Kawasaki Disease Research
Sarah Chalke, in a Grey’s Anatomy episode that aired in March, played a mother who insists there’s something terribly wrong with her young ailing son despite doctors telling her otherwise. In the show, it turns out her instincts are correct: Her little boy is revealed to have Kawasaki Disease, a rare autoimmune illness that, if left untreated, can lead to heart disease.
If her portrayal felt raw and real, it’s because that storyline is ripped from her life. Chalke’s son, Charlie, was 1 when he became really sick. Doctors told her and fiance Jamie Afifi it was just a virus, but Chalke thought it was something more serious. It wasn’t until she badgered them to investigate further that her little boy was diagnosed with KD.