The largest and most unique single pediatric walk in the U.S is set to take place on October 12, 2014 at the Disneyland Resort. The CHOC “Walk in the Park” is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children’s. Among the event’s estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including walkers from Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), CHOC Children’s is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Devoted to meeting the medical needs of children throughout Southern California and beyond, CHOC Children’s is affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. Monies raised support a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research and the development and adoption of the latest technologies to advance the health of patients at CHOC Children’s.
“CHOC Walkers” come together to celebrate the lives of children saved by CHOC Children’s, and to honor the memory of those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness. Nearly 800 teams are expected, and include current and former patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Last year’s event raised $2.1 million, and since its inception 24 years ago in 1990, the Walk has raised more than $22 million.
The 2014 walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “CHOC Walkers” get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5k walk, the event continues in the resort’s Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.
“It’s spectacular to see thousands of people line Main Street, U.S.A. on an early Sunday morning to take steps – literally – in support of CHOC Children’s mission and vision,” said Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children’s. “Participants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals, school teams and corporations, are joined together by a common bond. It’s a unique experience – thanks so much to our dear friends at the Disneyland Resort, and the tremendous show of support of our sponsors is a tribute to our community. This year’s event is particularly special, as our hospital celebrates our 50th anniversary.”
“The Disneyland Resort has been a proud supporter of Children’s Hospital Orange County for the past 50 years,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “CHOC ‘Walk in the Park’ is a very special event for our Cast Members, and we look forward to hosting it for the 13th straight year.”
So how can you help CHOC reach its goal of providing quality healthcare to the region’s two million children and beyond? You can register for the “Walk in the Park” as an individual or as a team. Participants are required to have a minimum of $50 in their Walker Account in order to receive their Walk wristband and T-shirt and participate the day of the CHOC Walk.
Can’t make it to the walk or live too far away? You can still help raise money! If you register as a Sleeping Bear you can still be eligible for prizes if you meet the $50 fundraising goal. You can also make a donation to someone that is already participating or make a general donation to CHOC Children’s.
Help CHOC celebrate 50 years of caring and make a difference in a child’s life.