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.

Captain Courageous: A Little Charmer Named Jackson

Captain Courageous: A Little Charmer Named Jackson

After spending much of his early life in hospitals, Jackson Verner lived out his dream as UCLA Kid Captain, charming everyone along the way.


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Unexpected Friends

Unexpected Friends

“I was on the fourth floor for three months waiting for my lung transplant,” recalls Carolene Newton-Mosley, [...]


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'Where Are The Reindeer?'

'Where Are The Reindeer?'

“Where are Santa’s reindeer?” wonders eight-year-old Arturo Hernandez. Santa Claus and the Santa Monica Fire Department visited patients at
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Decorating to Feel Like Home

Decorating to Feel Like Home

“The hospital doesn’t feel like home, and I think when you get decorations, it makes you feel more comfortable,” reflects 15-year-old Mac [...]


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Volunteer Luncheon

Volunteer Luncheon

“This is our annual holiday recognition event to honor many of our volunteers,” explains Carey [...]


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Enjoying Life Outside the Room

Enjoying Life Outside the Room

“This encourages the kids to be a little more happy,” smiles Magaly Martinez, mother to 16-month-old Milani Martinez. The family enjoyed a surprise visit from [...]


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Kicking Off Holiday Season

Kicking Off Holiday Season

“The United Airlines visit is one my favorites from the whole year,” gushes Tracy Serrano, a Read more »

Supporting Stress Relief

Supporting Stress Relief

“Being given a moment to take time out of our day to do this is really stress-relieving,” affirms Katherine Cohen, an administrative care partner and [...]


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Surprise Christmas Visit

Surprise Christmas Visit

“I was happy to see everybody in uniform. I saw the Chief from the Fire Department and got to talk to [...]


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Belief in Kindness

Belief in Kindness

“We do this out of the kindness of our hearts and the desire to come out and show these kids that we care about them,” [...]


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'Joy & Giving Back'

'Joy & Giving Back'

“I’m doing arts and crafts and dancing,” grins six-year-old Caitlin Deruyter, who came with her mom, Sarah Deruyter, to volunteer at the [...]


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Bears Bring Jingle Bells

Bears Bring Jingle Bells

“This is my Christmas. I’m not happy, and I don’t have the Christmas spirit until I do this,” affirms Roberto Calderon, [...]


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