Laker for a Day
Willow Crisostomo’s middle name, Lux, means light in Latin. At five years old, she is a bright light of smiles, love and curiosity. When Willow was born she weighed just 14 ounces, about the same as a football.
They say every dog has his day but only two dogs can say they’ve been Lakers for a Day. Harlow, a Golden Retriever/Lab mix, and Pierre, a French Bull Dog, received the honor in recognition of the UCLA People-Animal Connection (PAC) program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpV98zf5Nrs This program involves more than 60 dogs who, supervised [...]
As he posed for a family photo near half court of the UCLA Health Training Center, one of Donovan’s favorite players walked up behind him. “Which one of you is Donovan?” asked Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma.
“You can have all the money in the world. You can have all the things in the world – all the fancy cars, all the homes. But if you ain’t got health, you don’t have nothing."
Nigel has come a long way in the last three years to become the strong 10-year-old he is today. When asked how he processed his diagnosis, Nigel said, “I just try to be positive all the time and stay happy.”
In many ways, Walter looked like any other father chasing his two young daughters around the court before a recent Lakers game. Except Walter's life started out anything but normal.
The epileptic seizures would come on so strong and so frequently – as many as 40 an hour – that Gio's parents lived in “absolute fear” every time the attacks began. They worried constantly about the toll the seizures were taking on their 4-year-old son and wondered whether a cure would ever come. What gave them comfort was the resilience and fortitude Gio often showed. He would tell his father: “I have epilepsy, I’m not epilepsy.”
Brian had been watching his dad, Dana, 69, slowly deteriorate from end stage kidney disease for more than two years. His father endured daily, 12-hour dialysis treatments while he waited for a deceased kidney donor. Brian and his wife, Roxie, started seriously discussing the idea of Brian donating a kidney to his dad.
When he was 8 years old, Kenny lost a significant amount of weight, developed a constant cough and struggled sleeping. His family took him to the emergency department searching for an answer, which came following an X-ray of Kenny’s chest.
Malisa was at the movies, just a few weeks away from giving birth to her first child, when she felt a sudden pain in her chest. She sought an evaluation from a cardiologist, who told her she had a life-threatening tear in her aorta. Malisa, who lives about 80 miles from Los Angeles, was immediately airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.