Items Tagged ‘UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’

'Where Are The Reindeer?'

January 3, 2020

‘Where Are The Reindeer?’

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“Where are Santa’s reindeer?” wonders eight-year-old Arturo Hernandez. Santa Claus and the Santa Monica Fire Department visited patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Ignicia Varela, Arturo’s mother, reveals Santa’s answer, “They are on the roof. Santa arrives in a helicopter.” She continues, “We’ve been here for more than a year. Arturo has […]

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Decorating to Feel Like Home

January 3, 2020

Decorating to Feel Like Home

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“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 Bailey. Mac decorated rooms through Once Upon A Room at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica with his sister, 17-year-old Lily Bailey. Lily says, “I had surgery on my back when I […]

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Enjoying Life Outside the Room

January 3, 2020

Enjoying Life Outside the Room

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“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 Santa Claus during the annual UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party. “We really enjoy these events because they’re something that helps the kids out a lot. They come out from […]

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Kicking Off Holiday Season

January 3, 2020

Kicking Off Holiday Season

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“The United Airlines visit is one my favorites from the whole year,” gushes Tracy Serrano, a child life specialist at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Santa Monica. “Our community partners from United Airlines come to visit all our patients and provide them with Ben Flyin Adventure bears. They’ve been coming for 12 years, and it’s such […]

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Belief in Kindness

January 3, 2020

Belief in Kindness

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“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,” reveals James Altman, division chief in training for the Santa Monica Fire Department. “We come with Santa Claus to spread some cheer and give toys to the kids who are […]

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'Joy & Giving Back'

January 3, 2020

‘Joy & Giving Back’

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“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 annual UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party. Sarah expounds, “We’ve been coming for the last few years to help support whatever any of these kids needs. Caitlin always looks forward to this every […]

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Putting Fun in Festivities

January 3, 2020

Putting Fun in Festivities

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“We come to this party every year to provide arts and crafts activities and bring some camp fun to the holiday party,” explains Teresa Molello (pictured left), a volunteer with Painted Turtles. Painted Turtles partners with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital to make their annual Holiday Party a success. Katie Griffith (pictured right) says, “Painted Turtle […]

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Delivering Smiles Via Bears

January 3, 2020

Delivering Smiles Via Bears

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“It was heartwarming, being able to come and deliver these bears and put a smile on the patients’ faces,” reveals Keith Quinones, a United Airlines flight attendant who delivered Ben Flying Adventure Bears to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica. “Ben Flyin is the bears’ name, and he was created by United for young […]

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No Stress for Christmas

January 3, 2020

No Stress for Christmas

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“We’ve been stressing out, wondering what are we going to do for Christmas, but now we don’t have to worry,” exhales Michiko Walker. Walker came to the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party with her husband and their 14-month-old son, Anoki Walker. She continues, “It’s awesome that the hospital does so much for the kids […]

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Tags: featured, open heart surgery, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, Ventricular Septal Defect


Local chef cooks up something special for sick children and their families at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

December 30, 2019

Local chef cooks up something special for sick children and their families at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

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Kevin Luzande, an accomplished chef and friend of a nurse at the Mattel Children’s Unit at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, decided to brighten up the holiday season for families in need of some good cheer.  Luzande, with donations from several prominent restaurants including Citizen Sprout, The Federal NoHo, Bourbon Steak, The Rose Venice, Point […]

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