Thousands Walk for CHOC!

The Babes In Disneyland team – one of 795 teams – walked the 2010 CHOC Walk in the Park last Sunday and raised over $2000. Close to 14,000 walkers, including CHOC employees, community members, and patients and families, gathered to support CHOC and raised $2 million total!

Check out this video:

Thank you to all the CHOC supporters who made this event such a huge success – your contributions allow CHOC to continue protecting the health and well being of our community’s little ones!

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s CHOC Walk, you can still support CHOC by visiting www.chocwalk.org.

Baby Connor Speaks Out for the CHOC Walk

It’s here!!! This Sunday is The CHOC Walk in the Park Presented by the Disneyland Resort. And this year’s CHOC Walk teams have been more creative than ever when it comes to raising support.

Team Babes in Disneyland is new to the CHOC Walk this year and captain Lisa Robertson enlisted the help of her adorable son Connor to encourage people to donate.

Check out this video:

Did you or your team make a video for this year’s CHOC Walk? Or are you planning to make one at the Walk on Sunday? Don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook and YouTube!

Then, visit Babes in Disneyland for insider tips on visiting Disneyland with young children, as well as ongoing coverage of this year’s CHOC Walk.

20 Reasons to Walk for CHOC

1.  It’s the 20th Anniversary of the CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by the Disneyland Resort!

2.  On October 17th, a crowd over 15,000 Walkers will be strolling with YOU down Main Street, U.S.A.

3.  Watching the sunrise at Disneyland is amazing.

4.  This CHOC patient:

5.  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year—bringing over $1.6 million to CHOC Children’s last year.

6.  Walking through the Disneyland Resort before it’s officially open is cool.

7.  This bear:

8.  You never know which Disney friends you’ll see there, cheering you on. Alice at the Mad Tea Party…Cinderella on King Arthur’s Carrousel…

9.   Meet some great VoluntEARS.

10.  This mouse:

11.  Get inspired by our amazing patients and their families.

12.  This little girl:

13.  This team:

14.  And this team:

15.  Our patients here at CHOC Children’s Hospital:

16.  Our new patient-care tower:

17.  Supporting cool technology that makes for safer medicine.

18.  You are sure to meet some pretty funny characters:

19.  Research that advances cares and cures.

20.  We’re making giant strides for tiny toes:

Want to learn more about the 2010 CHOC Walk? Click here.

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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

At CHOC Children’s, there are hundreds of stories of the beautiful and courageous children with Down Syndrome that touch our lives every day.

There are many ways to commemorate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, including sharing your own story of a loved one who has this condition and the special role they’ve played in your life. You can also organize an event, donate books about Down Syndrome to your local school, or learn more about Down Syndrome and share it with others.

To learn more about CHOC’s Down Syndrome program, helping to meet this patient population’s wide range of needs through comprehensive specialty care, please click here: http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=536

AAP Urges New Limits on Tobacco and Alcohol Advertising

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement which calls for a ban on tobacco advertising in all media, limitations on alcohol advertising, and no erectile dysfunction drug advertisements until 10 p.m.

Among its recommendations, the AAP urges parents to exercise extreme caution in letting your younger children view PG-13 and R-rated movies and television shows, which often feature substance abuse, and that all substance abuse prevention programs, including those in the classroom, include media education.

As fierce advocates for children, CHOC Children’s agrees that some media messages can have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being.

To read more about why the media target your children, check out this article in our Kids Health magazine: http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=130