BENEFITING: LOS ANGELES ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2014 ASICS LA Marathon
EVENT DATE: Mar 09, 2014
The International Children’s Program at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children/Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital
WHY: Desperately seeking orthopaedic care for their children, families from several countries travel long hours, sometimes days, to attend the ICP clinics in Calexico. Children receive a full examination, and, following diagnosis, are provided with prescribed care at OIC facilities in Los Angeles, all at no charge to the families. Visas for their visits are paid for and handled by OIC and the Department of Homeland Security. The ICP arranges complimentary transportation and housing for family members accompanying a child receiving surgery. The ICP has improved the lives of more than 100,000 children since its founding.
HIGHLIGHTS: Over 1,000 patient visits annually are treated by OIC physicians through the ICP, free of charge. Eight clinics a year take place in Calexico and three in Mexicali, Mexico. The ICP offers egalitarian care for children with crippling disabilities without regard to economic standing, race or national origin.
ABOUT: The ICP was founded in 1961 by staff physicians and residents. The mission of OIC is to provide outstanding care for children with musculoskeletal disorders and to advance care worldwide, through medical education and scientific research. In partnership with UCLA Health System and jointly funded by OIC and UCLA, OIC is uniquely positioned as a leader in treating the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic needs.
On October 11, 2013, I went to aid in a Calexico clinic made possible through this program. It was a great experience to be around these tremendously thankful families. The program allows children from low socioeconomic status to receive the needed treatment they deserve.
Therefore, I have signed up for 2014 Los Angeles Marathon on March 9, 2013 to raise funds for the ICP Program. Any amount will go directly toward the care for children. Thank you for your support!