7th Annual Make March Matter™ Fundraising Campaign
On March 1, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) kicked off its 7th Annual Make March Matter™ fundraising campaign. Hosted by CHLA spokesperson Jamie Lee Curtis, the virtual event featured remarks from CHLA supporter Matt LeBlanc plus heartfelt moments from CHLA patients.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles executives also took time to acknowledge the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, reflect on the Make March Matter™ campaign’s humble beginnings, and express gratitude to supporters everywhere:
- Paul S. Viviano – President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Dawn Wilcox – Associate Senior Vice President, Development and Corporate Partnerships and Founder of Make March Matter™, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Alexandra Carter – Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Make March Matter™ is an annual campaign that unites businesses and the community in support of children’s health and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This year, more than 100 businesses and corporate partners in Los Angeles committed to helping the hospital reach its $1 million goal to provide critical, life-saving care for every child they treat. A list of partners, events, and information on how to participate can be viewed [HERE]
Additional highlights from the event included:
- Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress, Activist and CHLA Spokesperson: Spoke to the heart of the Los Angeles community, and of the invaluable benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles brings to not only the city, but Southern California at large.
- “We’ve all known Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the premier institution for critically ill and injured children, and yet we feel like maybe we can’t give enough. What [is] so beautiful about Make March Matter™ is that it brings the whole community together. If you go to MakeMarchMatter.org you will see the lists of businesses, of exercise classes, of coffee… all of those businesses are joining together to Make March Matter™ for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and our patients… I am the permanent head cheerleader for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”
- Matt LeBlanc, Actor and CHLA Supporter: Recounted what a special place the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles holds in his heart, and celebrated the health of two Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients.
- “Thank you everybody from top to bottom at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has a special place in my heart, and I’m inspired by the great work they do… Some of the best doctors and nursing staff in the world [are here]… From offering art therapy to music therapy, and even dog therapy, everyone works together at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to ensure patients’ wellbeing.”
- Malakai (Age 14), CHLA Patient: Shared his health journey, and invited viewers to join in Make March Matter™.
- “When I needed a liver transplant, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was there by my side, and helped me get through my journey… so I could stand a fighting chance. Join me, and Make March Matter™.”
- Florence (Age 3), CHLA Patient and Patient Family: Her mom spoke candidly about their family’s journey, and how Children’s Hospital Los Angeles inspired hope during an otherwise difficult time.
- “When we heard the news that [Florence] had a [mass], our world as we knew it shattered. When cancer touches you and your young child, it’s different. The moment we knew that Florence needed aggressive therapy and treatment, the way the physician and nurses showed up for us, we knew we were at the right place. When [staff] said [their goal was to cure Florence], we looked at each other and said, “Let’s shoot for that, let’s do that.” I knew they would do the best they could for her and that she would be okay.”
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest provider of care for children in Los Angeles County. Families travel from all 50 states and more than 90 countries so that their children can receive the very best care. The hospital’s clinical teams treat patients ranging in age from newborn infants to young adults for everything from well-child visits to organ transplantation. It is ranked the top children’s hospital in California as well as in the Pacific region, and fifth in the nation for clinical excellence by U.S. News & World Report in its prestigious Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals. Clinical care is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC through an affiliation dating from 1932. It is home to the largest pediatric residency training program at a freestanding children’s hospital of its kind in the western United States. Among top 10 children’s hospitals for National Institutes of Health funding, The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles leads the field in innovative bench-to-bedside basic, translational and clinical research conducted in pediatrics. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter, and visit our blog at CHLA.org/blog.