Through your participation with CHOCRaiseUp, you have made a difference in our patients’ lives and are bringing hope for a brighter future.
Whether you hosted a lemonade stand or hot chocolate stand, started a fitness challenge among friends, honored a loved one with a tribute gift, or hosted a family game night or holiday party– you stepped up, engaged your friends, family and community, and raised up for CHOC!
From all of us at the CHOC Foundation, thank you for your kindness and heart in creating your fundraiser or donating to a fundraiser, which helps make children’s health, well-being and dreams come true.
By partnering with donors like you, CHOC can respond quickly to the healthcare needs of our children and deploy resources where they are needed most. This includes providing $128 million in uncompensated care in 2022 to give children the services they need, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
The Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department ensures that a hospital stay is not scary and that patients meet their treatment milestones; Last year, we provided care for approximately 70,000 children. Everything in child life—the activities, supplies, playroom items, as well as the professional staff members—is solely supported through philanthropy.
CHOC’s nationally-recognized Hyundai Cancer Institute utilizes innovative research and resources—supported, in part, by philanthropy—to offer the best, most holistic care. In 2022, we conducted 170 clinical studies with oncology patients, a 20% increase over the previous year, and pioneered new treatment options for leukemia, lymphoma and sarcomas.
We are in the midst of an unprecedented pediatric mental health crisis and, because of philanthropy, CHOC is well-positioned to meet this challenge by building upon new research, treatments and care. In 2022, CHOC introduced our Mental Health Crisis Clinic, the first pediatric program in Southern California based on a proven outpatient crisis model—addressing urgent, but not life-threatening concerns for youth ages 3 to 18.
CHOC’s Thompson Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center gives children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tools to reach their true potential. In 2022, we expanded through the creation of new, on-demand education modules for parents and opening our Fragile X Clinic to treat and study this rare genetic condition. Without philanthropy, services like these cannot grow to meet increasing ASD needs of the community.
NOTABLE FUNDRAISING MOMENTS
Competing for Good
Cypress High School held their Centurion Games, bringing together students and teachers to compete in a series of events—all to benefit CHOC’s Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department and the Richard C. and Virginia A. Hunsaker Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Child Life Program. The school is split into two teams—Team Blue and Team Orange—who face each other in games such as a water balloon toss, tug-of-war, jousting, obstacle course race and more.
Fashion Show on a Mission So-Phis, a non-profit, social and philanthropic women's organization based in Orange County, hosted a fashion show to raise funds for CHOC’s Pet Therapy and Resident Dog program. Lois, CHOC’s very first resident dog, strutted her stuff down the runway as one of the featured models.