Allied Anesthesia was honored and thrilled to participate in the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Walk in the Park. If you aren’t familiar with the CHOC Walk in the Park, it’s a fundraising event for the CHOC Children’s programs and services with the greatest needs, from mental health services to expanded neonatal intensive care units. And it’s held at The Happiest Place on Earth: Disneyland®.
It all started almost 30 years ago – on November 10, 1990 – when the entire Children’s Hospital (doctors, nurses, staff and patients) began the process of relocating from their original building, built in 1964, to a brand-new, six-story building a few miles away. The original walk began at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, passed by CHOC Children’s and wove its way through local neighborhoods before ending at the Disneyland parking lot. While the route changed a few times in its first decade, in 2002, it returned to its first home and became known as the CHOC Walk in the Park presented by Disneyland.
In the event’s 28-year history, it has raised more than $32 million for CHOC Children’s, and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.
This year, we had an all-star team that included special guest Tony Adkins, a skilled CHOC physician assistant who has gone viral thanks to a special talent: using dancing as a way to cheer up and connect with his pediatric patients.
The Allied team also included Dr. Claudia Moreno and her family. “I wanted to participate in this event because I believe in providing the best possible care for our patients undergoing surgery at CHOC,” said Dr. Moreno. “I want parents to know that while their little one is in surgery, he/she becomes my little one, and that is the greatest honor and responsibility. My patients stay in my mind and heart.”
Dr. Rebecca Sanger and her family were there too. “The CHOC walk is an excellent opportunity for my own children to understand what I mean when I say I’m taking care of other people’s kids. It’s a chance for them to see other kids that have overcome and persevered through tough times with the help of doctors, nurses and so many wonderful staff members at CHOC.”
Learn more about the event and mark your calendars for next September … we’ll be there!