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TORCH RELAY FOR CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK ENDS ITS CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR IN CALIFORNIA
November 14, 2007

On Sunday, November 18, the Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network will make its final stop in Los Angeles on their third annual coast-to-coast tour aimed at raising $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network, of which Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)is a member hospital. More than 3,000 have participated in the Torch Relay across the country and on its last stop participants, along with family members, business associates and friends, will walk or bike in honor of their local children’s hospital. Prior to its finish, the Relay will also be making a stop in Newport Beach on Saturday, November 17 to benefit CHOC.

The final segment will be celebrated at the Hollywood and Highland Center at 3pm on Sunday, November 18, 2007 with Martin Sheen as the Master of Ceremonies and entertainment by award-winning singer/songwriter/rock violinist Antonio Pontarelli, Miss California, and legendary skateboarder Tony Alva.

All participant funds raised on the California legs of the Torch Relay will go directly to support CHOC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The hospitals represent two of 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals nationwide that treat 17 million children annually with life-threatening illnesses.

On Oct. 26th, the torch was ignited by the Children’s Miracle Network Board of Governors and Miss America in Chicago, IL and has journeyed through 25 U.S. cities in 24 days. The 25 US Cities include: Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH.; Philadelphia, PA; Bethesda, M.D.; Charlottesville, VA., Charlotte, N.C.; Charleston and Hilton Head, S.C.; Atlanta, Ga. Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, & Tampa, FL.; Mobile, AL; New Orleans, LA.; Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; San Diego, Newport Beach, and Hollywood, CA.

Interested participants can log on to www.torch-relay.org to register, make a donation or learn more about the Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network.

About Children’s Miracle Network: Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for Children’s Hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcomes diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more visit www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.

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:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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