THROUGH THE EYES OF…
FINDING FUN, FRIENDS AND SUPPORT DURING A RIGOROUS CANCER TREATMENT REGIMEN
Imagine one day you are a enjoying a carefree life as a college student, with your biggest worry revolving around your next midterm. And then, in a split second, you find yourself hospitalized for an aggressive cancer—torn from your friends, your normal routine, your studies.
In November 2016, this scenario became a reality for Angeliki Pelehrinis, then a 19-year-old junior studying biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Learn more.
A MOTHER’S 19-YEAR JOURNEY TO KEEP HER SON HEALTHY, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY
Giselle M. Bailey’s 19-year relationship with CHOC Children’s began shortly after the birth of her third child, Gavyn. Her baby boy underwent surgery for kidney failure two hours after being born, and was then transported to CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
For almost three years, Giselle would drive Gavyn to CHOC twice a week for blood work—with his older siblings tagging along. “Gavyn was too young for a transplant, and the goal was to maintain him until he got older and a kidney could be found,” Giselle recalls. “CHOC became a huge part of our routine.” Learn more.
BUILDING STRONG BONDS WITH BABIES, FAMILIES AND FELLOW STAFF
On July 18, 2017, after years of planning, CHOC Children’s opened an advanced, family-centered 36-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
In the unit, you will find specially designed private rooms, each with a bassinet, a chair that allows the mother to recline while nursing, a sofa that converts into a bed, locked cabinet, television with a DVR for baby education and privacy curtains. Learn more.
CHOC CHILDREN’S NETWORK HELPS ORANGE COUNTY DOCTORS DELIVER SEAMLESS CARE
Ever since he can remember, Eric H. Ball, MD, wanted to be a pediatrician. “I realized the longer you wait to intervene in patients’ lives, the harder it is for them to change their habits,” says Dr. Ball. “However, children are teachable. You can give them essential tools about healthy lifestyle choices and preventive care that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
For the past 12 years, Dr. Ball has treated thousands of patients in his practice at Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates (SOCPA). Learn more.
A MILLION DOLLAR IDEA AIMS TO HELP CHILDREN WITH MOVEMENT CHALLENGES
Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and researcher Afshin Aminian, MD, is driven by one goal: to “give children with movement challenges a life without limits.”
Dr. Aminian sees patients with a wide array of conditions, from rare genetic disorders and neuromuscular diseases to scoliosis and fractures. All have one challenge in common: problems with simple movement in their daily activities. “We know every one of these young patients has a dream—to be up and out on the playing field, running around and having fun with their peers,” says Dr. Aminian. Learn more.
A TRUE HEART FOR CHILDREN LEADS TO A $5 MILLION GIFT
Cherese Mari Laulhere had a great love of adventure and a huge heart for children. Both passions were on display throughout a study abroad program named “Semester at Sea” in 1996 when the 21-year-old UCLA student visited such exotic locales as Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa and Kenya. At every stop, Cherese made connections with local children, and each experience touched her heart. Learn more.
BRINGING SMILES AND SUNSHINE WHEREVER SHE GOES
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am an active volunteer at CHOC Children’s, both at the main campus in Orange and at the CHOC Children’s Corona Health Center. And even though I dress up in a tutu, never leave the house without one of my many sets of Minnie Mouse ears and wear incredibly sparkly nail polish, I take my job very seriously.
My name is Savvy, I am 7 years old and I am a proud pet therapy dog. Learn more.
CHOC FOLLIES MEMBER’S PHILANTHROPIC JOURNEY REFLECTS HER HEART FOR CHILDREN
When the curtain rose on the 20th Anniversary CHOC Follies production, “CHOC Around The Clock,” in spring 2017, Lauren Karg Johnston took to the stage and did what she had done for 17 continuous years: perform her heart out to raise money for the CHOC Children’s Foundation.
“Children are our future and it is so important to have every child be the healthiest he or she can be,” Lauren says. “CHOC Children’s is dedicated to helping children thrive and succeed, regardless of their ability to pay, and it is vital that we support this mission.” Learn more.