At 6 years old, Vanessa Avina was more interested in viewing the monitor for her echocardiography (heart ultrasound) than watching a cartoon during her doctor’s visits. Her CHOC pediatric cardiologist Dr. Anthony Chang recognized her curiosity and through the years nurtured her interest in the field of medicine. When Vanessa was 17, Dr. Chang encouraged […]
As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, CHOC “Walk in the Park” has raised more than $24 million to fund education, research and adoption and utilization of the latest technologies to advance the health and well-being of children. This year, 15,000 people will participate in the largest pediatric children’s walk in the country. Walkers participate to […]
Even though I’ve been hanging around CHOC for a long time now, I am continually surprised by the courage, tenacity and strength of the patients I meet. It’s especially gratifying to meet people who have reached special milestones and enjoy bright futures thanks to their treatment at CHOC. Today, I want to introduce you to […]
With a dream of becoming a pediatrician one day, Dominique Keane-Cawrse’s professional inspiration is close to her heart. The CHOC Children’s patient has a heart condition called tetralogy of fallot, a birth defect that includes four anomalies in the heart and requires lifelong treatment. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I […]
Kara Kipp has been a member of the Glass Slipper Guild for the past nine years. She and her husband Matt are the proud parents of three amazing boys, Bennett, Carter and Davis. On April 17, 2009 their son Carter, seemingly healthy 22-month old was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer called hepatoblastoma. […]
I’m more than half way through my 50-week CHOC gratitude tour, and I just met two others who want to join me in thanking the hospital for our bright futures: Meet Amy and Emily. Sisters Amy and Emily believe they have two birthdays: the days they were born, and the days they were diagnosed with […]
Stephen and Cynthia Fry of Newport Coast are longtime philanthropists in Orange County who were introduced to CHOC three years ago when their younggranddaughter was diagnosed with a rare and deadly genetic disease.