Kim Cripe, President and CEO of CHOC Children’s, welcomes the walkers to the CHOC Walk in the Park 2009.
Thanks to our friends at KIIS FM, CHOC Rocked (literally) with many celebrity guests stopping by the Radio Lollipop studio and visiting patients up on the floors. Be sure to check out our website for even more photos and video: http://www.choc.org/radiolollipop/index.cfm?id=P00091
Every year, two special children lead 15,000 CHOC Supporters down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim California. These remarkable children remind us of how important CHOC Children’s is to our community. It’s for the children that we walk and it’s for them that CHOC makes miracles and Disney® makes magic!
We are honored to introduce you to the 2009 CHOC Walk in the Park Kid Chairs, sisters, Lauren and Stacie! Visit the CHOC Walk website to read their story. And be sure to register for this year’s CHOC Walk in the Park by visiting http://www.chocwalk.org. See you at the walk!
I am super excited that CHOC is involved with this year’s HomeAid Orange County’s Project Playhouse, premiering for the first time at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Giant Wheel Court this Saturday, August 1st from noon to 6 p.m. That’s the day when the public will have the only opportunity to actually step inside the incredible playhouses, including “Choco’s Fantasy Farmhouse,” which is this year’s opportunity drawing playhouse. The $1 ticket sales from the drawing will benefit CHOC and HomeAid in supporting their missions of serving children and families in the community.Orange County
My fantasy farmhouse offers children an oasis for imaginative play. There’s plenty of space for kids to paint, draw or build whatever their creativity inspires. They can retreat up to the cozy loft with a stack of good books or enjoy the outdoors while tending to the organic garden.
I have tons of people to thank for donating their time and services. McCarthy Building Companies and their many subcontractors and vendors were just awesome! The playhouse was designed by WBSA (Wood, Burghard & Swain Architects) with interiors by Selleck-Zublin Interior Design and landscape architecture by Warren Tong & Co. Landscape Architects. Special thanks to HomaAid volunteer Ryan Ghere and is wife Tiffani, who is a registered dietician at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital. Both Ryan and Tifanni donated countless hours of their time to support this project. I also want to thank McCarthy Heart Hats, a volunteer community outreach group that enables McCarthy employees to dedicate time and resources to community involvement on paid workdays!
Again, don’t forget to stop by the Open House this Saturday. The playhouses will continue to be on display until September 12th.
With kids hitting the pools and beaches to beat the summer heat, some of our pediatricians are seeing an increase in otitis externa, or “swimmer’s ear.” This is caused by excess water entering the ear canal resulting in redness, swelling, pain and itching. It can also be caused by use of ear plugs, headphones inserted into the ear, harsh cleaning of the ear canal, or soaps, shampoos and bubble baths.
Parents can help prevent “swimmer’s ear” by using rubbing alcohol on a cotton applicator to gently clean their children’s ear canals following time in the water. Use of non-prescription ear drops, which contain half-strength vinegar, can help prevent an infection. Parents should also check chlorine levels in public pools; keep their kids away from dirty water areas; limit their children’s time in the water; and make sure to dry their kids’ ears after time in the pool or ocean.
CHOC patients and I agree – we like bears! Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires hosted a caring Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience for CHOC oncology patients today. The umpires, joined by members of the Angels Strike Force, offered encouragement and Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animals to patients. Patients choose from a variety of pre-stuffed animals as well as clothing outfits for their new “furry friend”!
Thank you to our friends at UMPS CARE Charities for making this special event possible. The stuffed animals, especially the bears, brought many smiles to our patients today!
Founded by MLB Umpires, UMPS CARE Charities enriches the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable sports experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising the awareness of foster care children waiting to be adopted. MLB Umpires have distributed more than 3,500 Build-A-Bears to children since the program began.
Not all heroes don capes, but around here, they do wear lab coats and scrubs! One of them is Dr. Sender, the medical director of the CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute. Read this incredible story highlighting his dedication and compassion, and you’ll see why he’s a hero in my book:
Shaun Tanner, a 6-foot, 250-pound 18-year-old, stood out on the oncology floor while being treated by Dr. Sender and the team for a rare sarcoma cancer. He loved CHOC – the kids, nurses and doctors, but hated the white walls in his hospital room and often commented that there was not much for someone his age to do in a children’s hospital, where he would benefit from aggressive pediatric protocols.
While Dr. Sender was hanging Shaun’s stem cells in preparation for his stem cell transplant in 2002, he promised the young man that he would create a teen environment and program at CHOC. Shaun lost his brave battle to cancer later that year, but Dr. Sender never forgot his promise. He created the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program as part of the CHOC Cancer Institute, and recently helped celebrate the completion of the new AYA wing on the existing cancer floor. The wing includes three new patient rooms with individual televisions and PlayStations, in addition to the usual patient amenities; teen room with iPod docks and PlayStations; Hope Room, a resource area for patient/family use; school room; playroom; family lounge; staff lounge; conference room for multidisciplinary treatment planning; and storage space.
Shaun’s family was there for the celebration of the wing – they helped raise funds for it, and his dad commented that Shaun would have thought the new addition was “sweet.”
I am sure they would agree with me in calling Dr. Sender a hero!
In additon to the Tanners and their foundation Hugs from Shaun, I want to thank the other supporters of the new AYA wing: Anaheim Ducks, John McQuade, Weingart Foundation, Ralphs/Food 4 Less, Catherine Scrafield, OC Shoot for a Cure, Doris Covelli-Freitz, Kenneth and Eileen Norris Foundation and Allen Charitable Lead Trust.
Famous marine life artist Wyland came by CHOC Children’s Hospital yesterday for a very special art lesson with our patients. He taught them how to draw a sea turtle, a shark, a Pacific bottle nose dolphin and an 0rca. In addition to being generous with his time and talent, he donated a ton of books, including 100 Whaling Walls. The kids are still talking about the visit!