The kind people at the Ralphs Fund and the Food 4 Less Fund, the philanthropic arms of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, recently donated $25,000 in support of The CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Program. This program gives our teen and adoloscent cancer patients access to the latest clinical protocols and psychosocial services tailored to meet their unique needs. This is not the first gift from the Ralphs and Food 4 Less Funds. Since 1996, they’ve donated more than $213,000. What an awesome demonstration of corporate philanthropy!
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.)