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CHOC REVEALS NUMBERS FROM THEIR LARGEST FUNDRAISER
December 08, 2005

Numbers are in! Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is thrilled to announce that the 15th Annual CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park, held on October 2, 2005, raised over $1.24 million and was CHOC's second ever $1 million fundraising event. An estimated 12,000 participants including community members, corporate teams, and current and former CHOC patients and families walked a 5K route through Disneyland park and Disney's California Adventure park to raise funds in support of CHOC and CHOC at Mission. Along the route, participants were cheered on by Disney characters and then celebrated the event's conclusion in the Downtown Disney District with a variety of live entertainment, food and fun. Proceeds from the annual CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park go into the Kids Care Fund - a general fund benefiting clinical care (caring for all children, regardless of their ability to pay), advancement (new technology and cutting-edge procedures), research (both lab and clinical) and education (community outreach) at CHOC and CHOC at Mission. The annual Walk is CHOC's largest, most successful fundraiser. To date, totals raised since the first Walk in 1991 exceed $7 million and last year, the Walk became CHOC's first ever $1 million event.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Abigail Knief, Public Relations Coordinator
phone: (714) 532-8812
email: aknief@choc.org

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