Here’s to you, the patients, families, volunteers and communities who inspire and push us to be our best in all that we do. Read the stories about our staff and patients and the many others who inspire us.

Sharing, Talking, Hugging Leads to Healing After a Loss

Sharing, Talking, Hugging Leads to Healing After a Loss

Deaths of polarizing figures in our society yield moments of grief, reflection, and unity


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Big Sib/Little Sib Valentine's Day

Big Sib/Little Sib Valentine's Day

“We’re having all the Big Sibs and Little Sibs come together to make Valentine’s Day cards and eat cookies,” explains Lauren Matsuno (not pictured), a [...]


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Patients Make My Day

Patients Make My Day

“I originally came for the cookies, but then I thought maybe I should make a card,” reveals Kadrius Burgess, a second-year student at the [...]


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Galentine's Day

Galentine's Day

“I’m six cards deep and going strong,” laughs Nardeen Dawood, a second-year medical student making Valentine’s Day cards. “I started out making one or [...]


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Lucky in Friendship

Lucky in Friendship

“I received a bunch of Valentine’s Day cards. I’m so lucky,” grins Shaz Moghadam (Pictured 2nd from right), a first-year student at the David Geffen [...]


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Passion From Her Heart is Taking Care of Yours

Passion From Her Heart is Taking Care of Yours

“I tell parents when I first meet them that they’re going to become experts in the heart,” smiles Kristen Ethridge, a pediatric nurse practitioner with [...]


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Opportunities for Spiritual Care & Support

Opportunities for Spiritual Care & Support

“We are here to support patients, families and staff as they go through a rather challenging time,” explains Reverend Yuko Uesugi, the Interim Director of Department of [...]


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Cookies for Sweet Kids

Cookies for Sweet Kids

“I have a sister who was born with kidney disease, so I grew up visiting the hospital,” reflects Ludven Argueta, a chef who brought cookie-decorating [...]


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The Right Place

The Right Place

“My daughter is getting an infusion right now,” explains Rose Tafoya, who chose Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “Maria is 34-years-old and had adult acute [...]


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Valentine's Communication

Valentine's Communication

“Valentine’s Day, last year, was my first day,” grins Sophia Covey, a child life care partner volunteer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Santa Monica. [...]


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Making Sick Kids Feel Better

Making Sick Kids Feel Better

“We spend a lot of time at the hospital, and events like this keep the kids entertained,” smiles Magin Amoia (not pictured), mother to 11-year-old [...]


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Coping Strategies for Dealing with Loss and Grief

Coping Strategies for Dealing with Loss and Grief

Whether it is the death of a public figure like Kobe Bryant or of a beloved family member or friend, loss can stir myriad, and [...]


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