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I am so excited to be participating in the 2019 CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort on August 11th 2019 to raise funds for CHOC Children's Hospital!
This is my 11th year anniversary participating in CHOC Walk!
I started participating in the walk in Memory of a dear friend Yolanda de la Riva. Yoli worked at CHOC. I remember her laughter, it was so contagious, you could hear it from far away, it made you happy, it did not matter if you knew her or not. Yoli was diagnosed with cancer but continued to work at CHOC for as long as she could while fighting her own fight.
Yoli passed away on Dec 14, 2006 after fighting a courageous fight. She is missed daily by her son Garrett, sister & brothers. Yoli's laugh, love for life, her family & friends and memory will always be remembered.
I joined CHOC Walk in the Park to keep Yoli's Voice, memory and love for her CHOC kids alive and I will continue to do so as long as I can.
In August of 2007 my nephew Jon Paul was born with a Hernia; he was first seen at Corona Regional Hospital. They were not able to help him because of how young he was, it increased the complexity of the surgery so they referred him out to CHOC Hospital.
Jon Paul underwent Hernia correction surgery at 5 months of age, Dr Gibbs and the entire medical team at CHOC and St Joseph Hospital were amazing. Belen & Rene were able to stay in the same room with him, they were provided with a bed and full amenities.
Jon Paul is now a healthy, active, smart, soccer playing, Lego building kid. He is getting ready to start Jr High and we couldn’t be prouder of this young man. Jon Paul is just one of my reasons why I participate in the CHOC Walk in the park.
In February of 2019, at just over 5 months old, my handsome papas Levi was admitted to CHOC due to apparent failure to thrive. After days of extensive testing and to our great dismay, his doctors found cancerous tumors in his little brain and abdomen. One of my biggest blessing was being able to baptize my handsome at CHOC with his family & friends around us. After weeks of biopsies, surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy at CHOC, Levi was called home and passed away on March 30th, only 8 weeks after diagnosis. Levi the Lion as he was know as at only 6 months old showed so much bravery, courage & love. My handsome papas showed me how to love bigger, deeper and harder. I miss you everyday my handsome, your Crazy Nina loves you and I will forever do all I can to keep your memory alive & help CHOC continue to help babies like you 💙
The fundraising efforts of the CHOC Walk make an immediate impact on families going through the most challenging time in their lives. CHOC provides the highest level of care not only to patients, but to the siblings, parents, and extended family that make up their critical support teams.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal for the benefit of the children and families of Southern California.
Donate now or join our team Levi the Lions Pride by clicking the link on the bottom of my page at CHOC's magical morning at the Disneyland® Resort.
Every dollar counts for kids!
Many thanks, much love & tons of Happiness,