Orange County Mom Goes Grassroots


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

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10 Facts About The Brain You Didn’t Know


The brain is an important organ that controls every process that regulates our body! In recognition of Brain Awareness Week coming up, March 12-18, check out these fascinating facts about the brain you didn’t know.  Share them with your kids and family!

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1. The biggest part of the brain is the cerebrum, which makes up 85% of the brain’s weight. The cerebrum is the thinking part of the brain and it controls your voluntary muscles.

2. Your brain has two hemispheres – left for analytical thoughts and right for creative thoughts.

3. 70,000 is the number of thoughts estimated that the human brain produces on an average day.

4. Your brain has 100,000 miles worth of blood vessels – enough to circle Earth approximately four times.

5. Your brain has 100 billion neurons – cells known as the gray matter which process information.

6. The human brain is about 75% water.

7. Foods that keep  your brain healthy include: fish, blueberries, nuts & seeds, green vegetables such as broccoli and brussel sprouts.

8. Your brain consumes about 25 watts of power while you’re awake – enough energy to illuminate a lightbulb!

9. An adult human brain weighs around 3 pounds.

10. More electrical impulses are generated in one day by a single human brain than by all the telephones in the world.

To learn more about the brain, check out CHOC’s health library:

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