Our success depends upon our ability to foster a culture of innovation to take children’s health to new levels.
Thanks to the generous support of a $10 million gift from Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Hope On Wheels, CHOC Children’s is edging closer to uncovering cancer’s secrets.
Leonard Sender, MD, medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s, observes that with the final installment received this past fiscal year, the gift has proved transformational – jumpstarting an ambitious genomic research program.
Approximately 150,000 children living in Orange County suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition – yet there are no psychiatric inpatient beds for patients under age 12 in local hospitals, insufficient beds for adolescents and very few outpatient programs. The mental health system itself is fragmented, which is confusing for families trying to find care.
Traumatic injuries in children are frightening and can happen at any time. Some children are seriously injured in falls – from windows, playground equipment or stairs. Others are gravely hurt in automobile accidents, or by being hit walking across busy streets, or in accidents around the house or in their backyards or pools.
Jose Abdenur, MD, first crossed paths with Miriama Brown and her husband, Bobby, in 2004, when two of their sons, Toalii, then 3-1/2, and Bobby, then 2, had been transferred to CHOC Children’s pediatric intensive care unit for vomiting and dehydration. Both boys were unconscious, and physicians were doing everything possible.
CHOC Children’s pediatric neurologist Sharief Taraman, MD, is dissatisfied with the lack of therapeutic options for children who suffer from traumatic brain injury. Yet instead of waiting on the sidelines for a new treatment to come along, he is channeling this frustration into innovation, exploring novel ways to heal the injured brain.
CHOC Children’s commitment to innovate simply would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters. This year, individuals, foundations, community organizations and corporations joined forces to raise a total of $26.5 million to support our mission.