I have always counted firefighters among my list of heroes – along with CHOC doctors and nurses, of course. Today, firefighters from the City of Orange were big heroes to our patients for escorting Santa to our campus – despite the rain. Patients gathered in the playrooms to see the big guy in the red suit riding on a firetruck, with sirens blaring, behind the hospital. Santa, along with the firefighters, came into the hospital to spread a little holiday cheer. Our young patients could not take their eyes off of our special guest. (See the photo if you don’t believe me.)
I have always admired UC Irvine’s mascot, Peter the Anteater, but now we’re practically family! For anyone who has not heard, CHOC, UC Irvine Healthcare and UC Irvine School of Medicine have formed a strategic affiliation to better serve children and families. The affiliation will create a pediatrics center that integrates high-quality, comprehensive patient care; leading-edge research and excellent teaching programs. With this affiliation, CHOC and UC Irvine are transforming the way pediatric care is delivered in Orange County, enhancing and combining premier services to increase access to the best treatment for our community’s children. How cool is that? Peter and I are very proud!
I had a blast at the 2008 CHOC at Mission Toy ride. Motocycle riders from all over Orange County gathered at Daily’s Grill in Rancho Santa Margarita on Sunday, December 7. They were escorted by Orange County fire fighters through Rancho Santa Margarita and Trabuco Canyon, before arriving at CHOC at Mission to spread lots of holiday cheer, including gifts and cash donations, to my young friends.
Here I am pictured with some of our Associates. Aren’t I photogenic? Hope to see you all again next year!
Every day, California Children’s Hospitals save lives. (I know. I see it every day.) Children with leukemia, cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease. 80% of kids with leukemia are making it. 90% are coming through delicate heart surgery. Proposition 3 doesn’t raise taxes. It gives the sickest kids in California the chance for a better life.
Proposition 3 will help California’s children’s hospitals meet the current and growing needs of our state’s most critically ill children. If the bond is passed, CHOC is eligible to receive up to $98 million for expansion, renovation and the purchase of medical equipment. The Children’s Hospital Bond Act is an investment in the lives of children served who will be cared for over the next three decades in the state’s premiere pediatric facilities, including CHOC. Please visit www.imaginewithus.org to learn more.