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Making a Mark
Making a Mark is published bi-annually by the CHOC Foundation. It features CHOC and children?s healthcare news, patient highlights, hospital updates, board member spotlights, and community involvement stories and is mailed to donors who support CHOC with a gift of $250 and more.

Making Their Mark for CHOC

The Geddes Philanthropic Trust gave $250,000 to support CHOC’s Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program, which is coordinated at CHOC by Dr. Daphne Wong. At CHOC, if a child is a suspected victim of abuse, the SCAN team provides intervention in collaboration with the Orange County District Attorney office, community child abuse experts and law enforcement personnel.

According to Anne and Kel Geddes, “we are passionate about the prevention of child abuse and neglect worldwide, and are happy to support the SCAN program at CHOC, which protects children and coordinates educational programs for parents to help prevent child abuse.”

The Little Gyms of Orange County raised money for CHOC during a Tumble-A-Thon last summer, with the Little Gym of Yorba Linda raising more than $6,300 for CHOC. The event was organized by Wendy Lee of Little Gym of Mission Viejo.

According to Sweta and Pranav Parekh, owners of The Little Gym of Yorba Linda, “we wanted children to learn the benefit of making a difference for other little children while having fun.” Sweta adds that her three-year-old son Hriday was excited about the event saying, “I’m going to go play at the gym to help kids at CHOC.”

The Lance Armstrong Foundation awarded CHOC $125,000 to support the study of cancer in adolescents. According to Dr. Leonard Sender, MD, division chief of the CHOC Oncology Division, “trends indicate that adolescents diagnosed with cancer today have a worse prognosis than they did 25 years ago. This study will help us to understand the reason for this phenomenon, in addition to addressing the other unique components of this patient population.”

The Lance Armstrong Foundation seeks to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. The foundation provides the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms.

A group of firemen from the Orange County Fire Authority stop by CHOC and CHOC at Mission once-a-month to visit with the children and hand out fireman hats and “badges.”

According to fireman Kevin Collins, “it all began when several of us were at the annual CHOC Ride last year. We saw how happy the kids were to spend time with the volunteers who came out to see them, and we asked CHOC’s Child Life Department how we could get more directly involved with the kids. We have the best time with the kids at CHOC. They especially like to come outside to see the fire truck. It’s just an amazing feeling you get volunteering at CHOC.”


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