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On The Mark
On the Mark is published three-times-a-year by the CHOC Foundation. It features patient highlights, physician spotlights, news about major gifts and upcoming events, construction updates, and fundraising stories and is mailed to donors who support CHOC with a gift of $50 and more.

Giving - Thank Yous

South Coast Air Quality Management District Awards $175,000 Breathmobile Grant

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Breathmobile®, a fully equipped mobile asthma treatment unit, was awarded a $175,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The Breathmobile will use the money to expand asthma treatment and education services in Orange County, with a goal of significantly improving the health and well-being of children with asthma.

Grant funding comes from a major air pollution settlement reached last year between the AQMD and BP West Coast Products LLP.

“Air pollution exacerbates asthma symptoms,” says Jim Silva, AQMD Board Member and Orange County Supervisor. “The Breathmobile project resulting from this air pollution settlement will directly benefit asthma sufferers in Orange County.”

The Breathmobile® model, developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was launched in Orange County in 2002 in partnership with CHOC and multiple community agencies. The program delivers specialty care to 20 school and community sites, bringing a comprehensive range of asthma screening, treatment and education to an average of 200 school children each month. Since 2002, more than 1,600 school-aged and preschool children have been served.

Ironman Dad Raises Nearly $8,000 for CHOC Cancer Institute

Endurance athlete Lamar Sepulveda participated in an Ironman triathlon to raise money for the CHOC Cancer Institute— swimming, biking and running a total of 569.2 miles to fight children’s cancer and motivate others to challenge themselves.

Twenty four years ago, Lamar’s son Nick was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3. “I thought it would be the last time I looked into his eyes; CHOC saved his life,” says Lamar. “All these years, I’ve been grateful to watch Nick grow into a healthy young adult and to know that somewhere out there, some other person had already paid it forward by raising money for the fight against children’s cancer and to help ease the burdens of a young family. This is my way of making a difference in the lives of another family and their child.”

“I’m just so amazed at what’s he’s done,” says Sepulveda’s sister-inlaw, Esther Lumm. “My husband can’t even talk about it without tears coming into his eyes. The thing about it is that CHOC doesn’t just serve California, it serves the whole Southwest.”

His voice cracking with emotion, Lamar concludes, “To pay back CHOC; to help somebody else. It’s been many years, but it’s something I’ll never forgot.”

Sue and Ralph Stern donate $100,000 to CHOC

Sue and Ralph Stern raised their family in Orange County and feel very lucky that none of their three sons ever needed CHOC. Knowing that many other families are not so fortunate, they have been long-time financial supporters of CHOC. According to Ralph, “it’s much easier to write a check to CHOC than to have to visit one of your sick children in the hospital. Orange County is blessed to have such an outstanding institution dedicated to the health of children.”

Because the Stern’s granddaughter Zoe was born with a heart defect, they chose to direct their donation to the CHOC Heart Institute, funding one of the pediatric thoracic surgery rooms in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. According to Sue, “we saw this as an opportunity to help other children with heart problems.”

Ralphs/Food 4 Less Donates $25,000 to Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Program

The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation donated $25,000 in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Program, which is designed to train medical residents–already licensed physicians –in the specialty of pediatric oncology. Under the tutelage of a senior CHOC oncologist, the pediatric cancer fellow will see oncology patients and assist with a research project in the field of pediatric cancer.

“Ralphs and Food 4 Less believe strongly in giving back to the community,” says Mike Donnelly, president of Ralphs Supermarkets. “We’re excited to extend our commitment by continuing our long-time support of CHOC. We cannot think of a better way to invest in our community than by giving families and children hope through our support of the innovative work CHOC is doing to provide world-class medical care to children.”


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