“Petting the dogs is very, very therapeutic,” explains Lindsay Kim, a registered nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We’re not curing cancer, but I know we’ve made a difference,” believes Anna Liau, a People-Animal Connection (PAC) volunteer.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“The dogs always make her smile,” reveals Lisa Salgado, mother of 26-year-old Maria Salgado. Christmas carol singing People-Animal Connection volunteers visited the Salgado family at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We sang Christmas carols with dogs, and it was really transformative,” reflects Luke Apodaca, a UCLA College of Letters and Sciences student who volunteered to help the People-Animal Connection (PAC) dog teams at

By uclahealth • December 20, 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

Beautiful Santa Monica weather provided the perfect backdrop for the 20th annual ‘Party on the Pier’. The event attracted more than 2,000 attendees this year, generating close to $1-million in contributions. Proceeds from the event will help provide unrestricted funding to launch high-priority programs that benefit children treated at UCLA Mattel [...]

By uclahealth • November 25, 2019

“This program is invaluable and has literally changed my life,” expresses Ellen Morrow, a People-Animal Connection Volunteer. “I know that sounds corny, but I’ve seen miracles. I started volunteering in 2006 and it’s such a gift and a privilege [...]

By uclahealth • September 19, 2019

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital patients were treated to a grand-slam spa experience in the first-ever BeYOUtiful Day, hosted by the BeYOUtiful Foundation. Our patients and their families received a number of spa services including haircuts, hair stylings, wig-fittings, nail services, make-up, and more. The five-star experiences were executed by celebrity [...]

By uclahealth • August 28, 2019

“Today we’re training all the new department coordinators, or the new volunteers coming in who are hoping to have a bigger position in the Care Extender Program,” says Cheryl Huynh, a volunteer at

By uclahealth • August 19, 2019

Close to 50 high school students from the greater Los Angeles area took part in two weeklong summer programs designed to introduce them to various careers in healthcare. “We created the Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program in response to numerous requests from our teen volunteers who wanted more exposure to health [...]

By uclahealth • August 6, 2019