A great day for the kids at Loma Linda
We saw new faces and old friends while we visited with the children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. If we are winning the war against cancer it is hard to believe because there are so many new children on the unit each time we go. Out of the 32 kids we visited only 7 were older than 10 years of age! With that said, we had a blast delivering gifts to the kids to cheer them up while they undergo their various treatments. In one room we came across a young man who had been a patient there 5 years previous and had received a gift from DCMF. Today, he was visiting his younger brother who was having his own battle with cancer. Some families just seem to get more than their share of tragedy. Many thanks go to our volunteers Michelle McMahon (wife of San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon), Malia Moore (St. Moore Insurance), Becky Young and Todd Tracy from Paradise Chevrolet-Cadillac, SEBA President Laren Leichliter, SBSO Deputy Amy Kennedy and Kylleen Coogan (The RSO Spouses Support Group). Also attending were Cindy and Robert McDaniels, the wife and Son of Mr. Lee McDaniels, who recently lost his life to cancer. All gifts given to the kids were in his honor because Lee, a longtime supporter of DCMF, loved what we do for catastrophically ill and abused children. Thank you Lee and God bless your soul sir.
September 11 Remembered in another way
9/11 evokes sad memories in all of us but 9-11-12 brought smiles to many faces instead of frowns. On this day members of the Debbie Chisholm Memorial Foundation, Ameriprise Financial of Corona and Yucca Valley Chrysler delivered gifts to the kids at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH). RSA Vice President Randy Thomas, his Daughter Brook, Mr. Gitesh Bhaga of Ameriprise Financial and Yucca Valley Chrysler Service Manager Jody Davis volunteered their time to spread cheer among the pediatric cancer patients at LLUCH. SEBA President Lauren Leichliter showed up to lend a hand as well but due to a miscommunication on my part Lauren missed out on the festivities. Sorry Lauren I will make it up to you my friend.
IPads, IPod Touches, Dre Beats Headphones, Lap Top Computers, Leggoes, Cars, Littlest Pet Shop Toys and many many more surprise gifts were the talk of the unit as the kids aged 2 -18 reveled in their new acquisitions. Chemotherapy and transplant protocols are no picnics but we sure helped the medicine go down a little smoother during our latest bi-monthly visit. Our continued thanks to Child Life Specialist James Ball and all of the wonderful Nurses and staff on the LLUCH 4800 unit for helping us to bring a little cheer into the lives of their young charges.