UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

“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 [...]

By uclahealth • January 3, 2020

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, [...]

By uclahealth • December 30, 2019

“My baby is two months old, and he’s been here since he was born,” says Laporsha Manning. Laporsha came with her family to the annual UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“My brother’s been through a lot of bad things. He’s had surgery in his nose,” explains 10-year-old McKennan Griffith about her 11-year-old brother, Jack.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“Santa comes in on the fire truck, and we wrap gifts and pass them out,” smiles Laila Ramji, the Child Life Manager at Mattel Children’s Hospital, Santa Monica.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“I always come to the annual holiday party because I love visiting all of my friends,” gushes Barbie, who joined the party at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital Chase Child Life Specialist, Megan Pike had an extraordinary idea to help celebrate the 18th birthday of patient — and Marvel superfan, Jesus.

After multiple organ transplants, Jesus has been a long-time patient at UCLA Mattel Children's hospital, and as a result, well-known to most of [...]

By uclahealth • December 12, 2019

When Luis Diaz was diagnosed with leukemia at age 16, he never imagined that his daughter would face a similar battle more than a decade later.

Luis’ daughter, Jazmine, then age 2, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. [...]

By Jane Murcia with Photos from Nick Carranza • December 7, 2019

A new — and free — greeting card service gives patients’ loved ones another way to show how much they care. Users can go online and browse cards by category, customize the message and choose to have the greeting card either emailed or printed and hand-delivered to the patient. [...]

By uclahealth • December 3, 2019

“I will ask the parents to write a poem or letter to their baby,” explains Esteban Roa, a music therapy fellow at UCLA Mattel Children’s [...]

By uclahealth • November 25, 2019