Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to celebrate 20 years of giving at the 20th Annual Foundation Gala

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"Cirque du Jubilee" will be a whimsical event commemorating those individuals and organizations that have provided support to the hospital

Without the communitiy's ongoing commitment we would not be able to provide hope and healing to the precious lives that come to us for care.

Loma Linda university Children’s’ Hospital (LLUCH) is set to commemorate 20 years of giving at the 20th Annual Foundation Gala, “Cirque du Jubilee”, on Thursday, March 7. The “big top” event will be held at the National Orange Show Events Center, 690 South Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino, Ca.

Zareh Sarrafian, administrator for LLUCH looks forward to this event every year. “Every gala is special,” he said, “but this twenty-year celebration demonstrates the long standing support of the community. We are incredibly grateful that they have given our hospital the ability to meet the unique healthcare needs of the children in our region. Without their ongoing commitment we would not be able to provide hope and healing to the precious lives that come to us for care.”

This year’s gala aims to raise funds for multidimensional cardiac monitors for the pediatric intensive care unit at LLUCH. Physicians and nurses rely on these vital monitors to offer lifesaving care around the clock for patients like now three-year-old Taylor Moore, who at age two was critically injured in a car crash.

“Thanks to the amazing capabilities of the cardiac monitor, Taylor’s medical team was able to continuously observe her condition,” said Sarah Gray, a PICU nurse at LLUCH. “For every second of every minute of every hour of every day that Taylor was hospitalized, a cardiac monitor recorded the pressure in her brain along with her heartbeat and her every breath; and we were able to quickly respond to the smallest of changes.”

LLUCH recognizes that these changes and advancements would not be possible without the support of the community. This year, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital will recognize the following individuals:
o    Lee Ann Garman – Ringmaster Award
o    Wyatt Caley – Junior Hometown Hero Award
o    Stater Bros. Markets and Stater Bros. Charities – Shirley N. Pettis Award

The festivities, including the silent auction, will begin at 5:30 pm, and the program, which includes a live auction and cirque entertainment, will start at 7:30 pm. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please call (909) 558-3555 or visit http://www.lomalindagala.org.

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