I count myself as one lucky bear for being a part of the CHOC Children’s family. Ever since the doctors and nurses patched me up after my unfortunate fall, I have never wanted to be too far from this wonderful facility and the caring staff. And, guess what? I am not alone. During my 50-week gratitude tour, I have met so many people who have bright future’s thanks to CHOC. Bryan is just one of them. Read his story to learn more.
He suffered from a severe case of reflux; one that threatened his kidneys. Following a two-week stay for observation at CHOC Children’s Hospital, he underwent surgery to repair the valve between his ureter and bladder.
While most young boys would choose to put the hospital experience quickly behind them to focus on other pastimes, Bryan couldn’t let go. He had a strong desire to give back to CHOC.
Some 20 years later, Bryan is doing just that.
“My experience with CHOC changed my perspective on hospitals,” recalls Bryan. “I remember how friendly everyone was, from the doctors and nurses to the candy stripers. I remember playing video games – definitely not something I had expected prior to being admitted.”
Bryan speaks of his experience at CHOC with pride. It was a life-changing event for me, he says.
As soon as he was able, Bryan became a hospital volunteer. His wife, Katie, and their dog, Molly, who is a certified pet therapy dog, are also volunteers, making it a family affair. It didn’t take long for Bryan to realize he wanted to do something even more. He made the decision to change careers, from land surveyor to the media programs coordinator for Seacrest Studios at CHOC.
In his new role, Bryan manages the multi-media broadcast center, which provides patients with the unique opportunity to engage in activities related to TV, radio and new media. He, along with his energetic team of interns and volunteers, provides a positive experience for patients and their siblings – one they likely didn’t expect they’d get when being admitted to the hospital. Bryan can certainly relate to that!
“I know, from personal experience, the impact this hospital has on children and their families. I am so proud to be a part of CHOC and try to give back in this way,” says Bryan.
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