Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Announces Third Annual ‘Live L.A. Give L.A.’ Fundraising Campaign

Family-Friendly Holiday Activities Provide Opportunities to Support
Care for Thousands of Young Patients Treated Each Year for
Life-Threatening Illnesses

Credit Unions for Kids Challenges the L.A. Community to Match a
$600,000 Donation

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For 115 years, Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles
has created hope and built healthier futures
for critically ill and injured children in Los Angeles. This holiday
season, the Live
L.A. Give L.A.
campaign is being championed by actress Drew
Barrymore, our generous corporate partners and media organizations to
ask Angelenos to support CHLA’s mission to defeat childhood cancer,
heart defects, neurological disorders, bone and skeletal conditions and
other catastrophic conditions ailing children right here at home.


Starting today and extending through the end of the year, the Live L.A.
Give L.A. campaign is calling on our community to donate funds that will
directly support care for the children of Los Angeles. A national leader
and innovator in the pediatric medical community, Children’s Hospital’s
appeal reflects the reality that the finest medical care and research
comes with an immense cost—and the needs are urgent. A gift to the Live
L.A. Give L.A. campaign helps safeguard the community’s sickest children
by providing the support that the nonprofit pediatric hospital needs to
conduct leading-edge research and ensure that critical, lifesaving care
is available to every child the hospital treats.

Community organizations like Credit Unions for Kids (CU4KIDS), a
nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, are partnering with CHLA in
support of the hospital’s campaign. The organization’s donation of
$600,000 is a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to the Los Angeles
community. “With its 250,000 employees and 100 million members, Credit
Unions for Kids is dedicated to making a huge difference in the lives of
sick children,” says Keith Sultemeier, CEO of Kinecta Federal Credit
Union and chair of the Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board at CHLA. We
are proud and honored to support CHLA’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign and
hope that the Los Angeles community will join us.”

Drew Barrymore, Golden Globe winning actress, entrepreneur, mother and
longtime hospital supporter, is leading the 2016 Live L.A. Give L.A.
campaign, inspiring families to give to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“I grew up in Los Angeles, and I now raise my children here. I believe
that every child in our community should be able to receive the best
care possible, and with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we’re lucky
enough to have that,” says Barrymore, a recipient of the hospital’s
Courage to Care award at CHLA’s 2016 “Once Upon a Time” Gala. “Over the
years, I’ve been able to have incredible hands-on experiences at the
hospital, meeting these heroic kids battling the toughest illnesses:
cancer, brain tumors, heart defects, traumatic injuries and many other
diseases. The passion in CHLA’s doctors, nurses and research scientists
caring for these kids is extraordinary. With your help, we can give
these kids the life-saving treatments they need and discover cures that
can be shared here, and around the world. The Live L.A. Give L.A.
campaign will make sure your donations support this essential lifesaving
work and create happier and healthier lives for all children.”

Dollars raised from the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign will support the
hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which ensures that every patient treated
at CHLA receives the critical, lifesaving care they need. CHLA is
teaming up with community partners to provide Los Angeles families with
fun, convenient ways to support its mission. The Los Angeles Kings will
be partnering with CHLA for this campaign, dedicating their Dec. 8 game
to CHLA. KDOC TV – Los Angeles is also hosting a telethon asking viewers
to support the hospital’s Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign.

“Helping children heal is our primary mission and we cannot achieve this
without community support,” says Paul Viviano, president and CEO of
CHLA. “While some children’s hospitals choose to focus on one area of
child health, we focus on them all. With 350 programs and services just
for children, we’re prepared to help children recover faster. Our
mission to provide life-saving care for children in Los Angeles would
not be possible without the backing of our community.”

“We are delighted to support the unique and compassionate brand of
health care that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for children,”
says Matt von Waaden, Co-Founder of WavHello, a technology firm that
makes sound and digital products for families. The company recently
committed $250,000 to CHLA. “CHLA goes above and beyond to ensure that
the medical care that they provide is not only comprehensive from a
medical perspective but also looks at the welfare of the child and their
entire family, integrating programs like child life, art and music
therapy and more to support the best possible recovery process for their
patients.”

Individuals who wish to support the campaign may donate online at CHLA.org/GiveLA.
Credit Union for Kids has donated $600,000 to support the
hospital’s Helping Hands Fund and challenges the community to do the
same through the Live L.A. Give L.A. campaign. The hospital’s Helping
Hands Fund is dedicated to ensuring that all of CHLA patients receive
the critical, lifesaving care they need.

Family-Friendly Events

  • KDOC Telethons
    KDOC channel 56 will
    be airing a 30-minute telethon on Saturday, evening, Dec. 17 from 7:30
    – 8 p.m. The show will be hosted by Coleen Sullivan, news anchor for
    ABC7 Eyewitness News, and feature compelling patient stories,
    innovative research and compassionate medical experts. Additional air
    dates will be announced closer to the end of the year.
  • Los Angeles Kings Game – Dec. 8
    Attendees
    will be provided with opportunities to text “KINGS” to 91999 to make a
    donation and participate in a special “Get One – Give One”
    opportunity; donors will get a special edition Kings hat and know that
    their donation will mean that a similar hat will be given to a child
    in the hospital. There will also be on-site opportunities to make a
    cash donation at designated CHLA booths within the concourse.

Live L.A. Give L.A.

Live
L.A. Give L.A
. is a fundraising campaign that sends the important
message that living in Los Angeles means supporting local kids who need
care from the only hospital in the city that provides the entire range
of health care for children. All proceeds support the Helping Hands
Fund, which helps Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ensure that every
child we treat receives the critical, lifesaving care they need.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit pediatric academic
medical center dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures
for children. CHLA provides treats children more than half a million
times each year—often for children with more complex health conditions
than any other hospital in Southern California. As a pediatric charity
of choice, the hospital relies on the generosity of the community to
support its groundbreaking pediatric research and the complex care it
provides for critically ill and injured children.

For more information, visit CHLA.org.
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Contacts

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Lorenzo Benet
p:323-361-4823
e:lbenet@chla.usc.edu