A Message from Graig Eastin

Your belief in the work we do helps us achieve the extraordinary. The CHOC Children’s Foundation is profoundly grateful for the support we have received from our donors and community during the past four years of our campaign, “Change CHOC, Change the World”. To date, more than 160,000 donors have provided the resources necessary to construct the new tower and to support patient and family programs, research, and endowments that strengthen our Institutes and patient care services at CHOC Children’s.

Transformative giving is at the core of Orange County’s philanthropic community. In February 2012, President of the Disneyland Resort George Kalogridis announced a transformative gift of $5 million to support CHOC. In May 2012, Hyundai Motor America celebrated making a payment on their 2011 pledge of $10 million to CHOC Children’s by hosting a performance by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

The CHOC Children’s Foundation Board Members and volunteers continued to lead—building partnerships and hosting events in Orange County and beyond. Our 12 Guilds, representing our most dedicated local supporters, planned more than 10 strategic events to increase giving to CHOC.

CHOC Follies celebrated 15 years of dancing, singing and entertainment—under the leadership of co chairs Leslie Cancellieri, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and Dale Skiles. Over 2,300 guests attended this year’s four performances—reaching new philanthropic heights and goals.

Our annual golf tournament at Pelican Hill has raised more than $500,000 for the new patient care tower.  And under the leadership of the Gala Chairs, the CHOC Cherishes Children Gala has raised more than $2.4 million during our campaign.

We are also excited about our growing partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals—a national organization which has aided CHOC in raising more than $6 million since 2007. More than 650 local businesses participate in this effort through point-of-sale campaigns, cause marketing, employee giving, golf tournaments and events. Our top partners include Costco, Credit Unions, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Rite Aid, and Marriott.

Additionally, CHOC Physicians and Associates secured ongoing resources through the Associate Annual Giving Campaign and Physicians Champion fundraising efforts. As we begin the final year of our comprehensive campaign, we cannot consider our job finished. We are still charting the future for CHOC. We invite you to join us in our effort to create a world class center for the treatment and care of children, and grow with us as we Change CHOC, Change the World.

Sincerely,

Graig R. Eastin

Vice President, CHOC Children’s Foundation

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Cancer Patient To Caregiver

 

Just one month before starting her senior year of high school, Kim was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Despite the devastating diagnosis, Kim remained optimistic during 26 months of chemotherapy at CHOC Children’s. She also made plans.

ar-2012-cancer-patient-to-caregiver2Kim, now 27, has been cancer-free since receiving treatment over a decade ago. She’s working at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s while studying for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She remembers how it felt to be a teen yearning for independence while receiving treatment at a children’s hospital.

“One of the wonderful things about CHOC is that I was always an important part of my treatment,” Kim said. “If I had concerns and questions, they listened to what I had to say and went forward from there. CHOC was an amazing place to be. They were the people I talked to about movies, television shows and boys. They became my friends and family, and they still are.”

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Now Cancer Has Nowhere To Hide

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The latest super weapon in the fight against cancer, genomic medicine, literally leaves cancer no place to hide. this cutting-edge technology analyzes and develops individual tumor profiles for patients whose cancer has returned.  Oncologists may use this additional genomic data to identify existing treatments or develop new ones.

Last year, Hyundai, and its nonprofit organization, Hope On Wheels,® contributed $10 million toward pediatric cancer research, naming the Hyundai cancer institute at CHOC children’s.  That unprecedented corporate gift let our experts take the search for cancer cures down to the molecular level.

“It took 13 years and $3 billion to sequence the first human genome, but the technology has become much faster and cost-effective in recent years,” said Dr. Sender.  “We have begun sequencing patients whose cancer has returned, giving oncologists remarkable insights into individual tumor profiles.”

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One For the Books

 

“Your baby has no kidneys.”  That’s what Nicola and Clifford Vazquez were told when a prenatal ultrasound showed an abnormal mass where their baby’s kidneys should be. Just halfway through the pregnancy, they were also told that their baby would die shortly after birth. they were devastated.  The Vazquezes decided to get a second opinion, which ultimately led them to CHOC children’s pediatric urologist Antoine Khoury, M.D.  He saw things differently.

When Madison Vazquez was born last November, Dr. Khoury and his team were ready and waiting. Dr. Khoury used tiny, minimally invasive instruments to drain accumulated fluid that appeared to explain the abnormal  images on the ultrasound. But he sensed there was more to the picture. He decided to look further.

ar-2012-one-for-the-books2What Dr. Khoury found was a structural abnormality that was undetectable by ultrasound. It explained everything.  No one in the operating room had ever seen anything like it. But Dr. Khoury and his team used a combination of reconstructive techniques to correct the newly discovered abnormality. Their ingenuity  in the operating room saved Madison from having a more extensive surgical procedure that very same day.

“The first condition was so glaringly abnormal that it masked the primary condition,” Dr. Khoury said.  “We’ve checked the literature and haven’t found reports of anyone else using the combination of techniques that we brainstormed that day. We are submitting it for publication in hopes it may save other children from having more extensive procedures.”

Looking back over their ordeal, Nicola and Clifford have already found a silver lining. “If we had not gotten the misdiagnosis before Madison was born, we would not have met Dr. Khoury when we did, and he saved her life,” Nicola said.

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Orange County Mom Goes Grassroots

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Marnie Sugden first heard about the Guilds of CHOC during one of her daughter’s regular appointments at the hospital.  The Glass slipper Guild is a passionate and dedicated group of local women from coastal orange county— who work together to support CHOC children’s by raising awareness, and funds, in their community.

To Marnie, it sounded like a great way to give  back. she joined the Glass slipper Guild in 2008  and quickly went to work. now a Glass slipper Guild Board Member, Marnie has chaired the  annual gala—the Guild’s largest fundraiser.

“As CHOC parents, we have the privilege of seeing first-hand the heroic work the doctors  and everyone at CHOC does for its patients.”

For more information or to join a CHOC Guild, visit choc.org/guilds.

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