July 21, 2024
helping kids get back to being kids
When you sign up to fundraise for this year's CHOC Walk, you’re doing a good thing for children and families in our community. That’s because you and your team will be on a path that leads to miracles and magic for kids in Southern California and beyond.
CHOC Walk is a three-decade-strong fundraising powerhouse that brings in over $2 million each year. The donations have an immediate impact on our ability to transform pediatric healthcare, impacting children and families now and for generations to come.
CHOC is a nonprofit health system that provides pioneering, compassionate and customized care for infants, children, adolescents, teens and young adults. Community philanthropy, like fundraising through CHOC Walk, plays a critical role in advancing CHOC’s mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children.
Your Dollars at Work
Each year, CHOC provides more than $182 million in total community benefits to support services including increased access to pediatric healthcare resources and information, behavioral health services and more. Of that, more than $164 million--nearly 90%-- is uncompensated care that ensures all children receive the services they need, regardless of their family's ability to pay.
More than two million children from across four counties rely on CHOC each year. And our community's generosity helps support the care and services that guide kids toward a bright and healthy future.
24/7 Pediatric Advice Line
For families with a sick child, CHOC strives to be the place they turn to for finding answers, relief and healing. Through philanthropy, the CHOC Connect Answering Service has expanded to provide nurse advice, telehealth services, and 24/7 bilingual assistance for in-state patients up to age 21. No matter where they are, one phone call to 1-844-GET-CHOC can change their health journey for the better, forever.
Resident Dog Program
Unlike pet therapy animals brought to hospitals by volunteers, resident dogs are trained from birth to be an integral part of therapeutic treatment. Supported solely by philanthropy, Lois, our resident dog, is instrumental in providing additional support during difficult meetings, exams and procedures, and, in general, helping ease fears related to the hospital experience.
Art and Music Therapy
Everything in the art and music therapy programs—activities, studio space, supplies, board-certified therapists—is solely supported through giving. Now with increased services at CHOC to six days a week, these therapeutic services are valuable creative outlets for our patients to communicate and express their emotions.