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                                                            Spring 2008

C H i l d r e n ’ s   H o s p i t a l    &   r e s e a r C H   C e n t e r    F o u n d a t i o n

 Just a Regular Kid
         Thanks to Children’s Hospital & research Center Oakland,
      Mattie doesn’t have to be a “miracle child” anymore

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      ChildRen’s hospital &                                                 ChildRen’s hospital &
      ReseaRCh CenteR oaKland                                               ReseaRCh CenteR foundation
      senioR leadeRship                                                     BoaRd of tRustees
      Frank tiedemann                                                       Harold C. Warner, phd, chairman
      pResident and Ceo                                                     affi ansari
      Brad Barber                                                           James M. Betts, Md
      senioR ViCe pResident and                                             patricia s. Brody
      Chief deVelopment offiCeR                                             Michael J. Callahan
                                                                            renee Christensen
      Mary l. dean
      senioR ViCe pResident and                                             pamela Cocks
      Chief stRategiC deVelopment offiCeR                                   david Frey
                                                                            Belinda George
      pamela Friedman
                                               ChildRen’s hospital &        erol Gokbora, Jd, MBa
      senioR ViCe pResident and
      Chief administRatiVe offiCeR,            ReseaRCh CenteR oaKland      layton Han
      BayChildRen’s physiCians                 BoaRd of diReCtoRs           Cornell Maier (ex-officio)
                                                                            rob McCourt
      Bertram H. lubin, Md                     Harold davis, Chairman
      senioR ViCe pResident, ReseaRCh
                                                                            Herbert Mclaughlin
                                               Jeffrey Cheung, Vice Chair
                                                                            peter Morgan
      Vipul n. Mankad, Md                      James J. Keefe, treasurer
                                                                            liliana nordbakk
      senioR ViCe pResident and                Barbara May, secretary
                                                                            terry otton
      Chief mediCal offiCeR                    arthur d’Harlingue, Md
                                                                            M. nayeem Qureshi
                                               arnold Grisham
      douglas t. Myers                                                      t. Gary rogers, honorary trustee
      senioR ViCe pResident, Chief finanCial   Watson M. laetsch, phd
                                                                            Marylynne saccaro
      offiCeR and Chief opeRating offiCeR      Michael a. lenoir, Md
                                                                            Janet Yellen, honorary trustee
                                               Melba Muscarolas
      Carolyn dossa                            Barbara staggers, Md
      ViCe pResident, institutional Quality                                 ChildRen’s hospital BRanChes
                                               Karen stout
      Jacquelyn Garman, esq.                   Frank tiedemann              BoaRd of diReCtoRs
      ViCe pResident, geneRal Counsel          Gene upshaw                  Betty Jo olson, president
      John Hardy                               Harold C. Warner, phd        Marilyn Zecher, vice president and
      ViCe pResident, human ResouRCes                                         Family House liaison
                                               ChildRen’s hospital &        angela Ciccone, treasurer
      Bill Jackson
      ViCe pResident, new pRoduCts                                          Barbara demmon, recording secretary
                                               ReseaRCh CenteR foundation
                                                                            aletha (Cece) Werson, parlimentarian/
      don livsey                               BoaRd of diReCtoRs
                                                                              sunshine Fund
      ViCe pResident and                       Harold davis, Chairman       Joy Faussner, thrift shop liaison
      Chief infoRmation offiCeR
                                               thomas V. Bret, esq., Cpa    Cyndi santaella, nominating
      lawrence Mack                            James J. Keefe               debbie Civello
      ViCe pResident, pRaCtiCe management,     Marc r. Kunney               Joan deuel
      BayChildRen’s physiCians                 Betty Jo olson               Catherine dieterich
      nancy shibata, rn                        Frank tiedemann              Jeannie Graham
      ViCe pResident, nuRsing and                                           Joanne Knapp
      Chief nuRse exeCutiVe
                                                                            orvie pamp
                                                                            pam pauletich
                                                                            Kristina smith
                                                                            lynne Wilson
                                                                            Mary ann suva, emeritus

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                                                     contents                                                                 SPRING 2008

                   10                                     14                                     16                                       24
 2 Q+A with the president and                     FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S                            16 NEW DISCOVERIES
 chief development officer                         6 Lombardy Branch helps hope grow.               (Really early) prevention for childhood
                                                  Branch members volunteer, donate, and            nutrition problems. Dr. Janet King’s
 4 OUT AND ABOUT                                  make a difference at Children’s.                 research on pregnant women helps us
 Sailors on a Mission. Supporting Children’s                                                       understand the health outcomes of their
                                                  8 Helping businesses and children grow.
 both in the hospital school program and out                                                       babies.
                                                  A small business lender helps turn dreams
 on the ocean.                                    into reality.
                                                                                                   INSIDE CHILDREN’S
 Going bald for a cause. St. Baldrick’s event     9 Almaden Costco pays it forward.                20 Healing and protecting. Children’s
 raises over $130,000 for pediatric cancer        $100,000 fundraising goal to support             Center for Child Protection helps young
 research.                                        Children’s set by top-selling Costco             victims of child abuse and their families.
 Workday Devil Mountain Run. East Bay’s           warehouse.
                                                                                                   22 In conversation with Ron Streitz,
 oldest continuous road race raises funds for
                                                                                                   vice president for planned giving. New
 Children’s.                                      10 FEATURE: JUST A REGULAR KID
                                                                                                   member of Children’s Hospital Foundation
                                                  After two surgeries to correct rare, complex
 Chase the Blues. Piedmont, Calif. fundraiser                                                      shares the joys of charitable gift planning.
                                                  heart defects, Mattie doesn’t have to be a
 celebrates the amazing care that Children’s
                                                  “miracle child” anymore.                         24 We treat, we teach. Training pediatric
 Hospital’s trauma team provides.
                                                                                                   subspecialists at Children’s.
 Radiothon for Kids 2008. 107 FM The              14 PHYSICIAN PROFILE
 Bone rocked Children’s and raised over           Kishor Avasarala, MD. Running on heart.
 $350,000 for the hospital.

                  is a new publication of Children’s Hospital & Research Center Foundation. This magazine is one way we can share with you the
stories of our courageous patients, committed medical staff and researchers, and our dedicated and generous donors and sponsors. We celebrate
the amazing things that happen at Children’s every day.

                                                    Brad Barber                                   On our cover: Six-year-old Mattie Hollenbach
                                                    SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND                     shared her story about having heart surgery at
                                                    CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
                                                                                                  Children’s during a live interview for the
                                                    Sarah Andrews                                 hospital’s Radiothon for Kids in April 2008.
                                                    DIRECTOR OF DONOR RELATIONS
                                                                                                  See “Just a Regular Kid” on page 10. Photo by
                                                    EDITOR                                        Lynn Sagramoso.
Hand in Hand is a semi-annual publication of        Audrey Chiang
Children’s Hospital &                               MANAGER OF DONOR PUBLICATIONS
                                                                                                  Tour Children’s Hospital! Join us for a
Research Center Foundation                          CONTRIBUTING WRITERS                          special, behind-the-scenes tour and see what
2201 Broadway, Suite 600                            Lynn Sagramoso                                your contributions can do. Call 510-428-3814
Oakland, CA 9461 510-428-3814                       ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DONOR RELATIONS
                                                                                                  to schedule your tour today.
                                                    Gary Turchin
                                                    DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS               We want to hear from you. Email your
Donate online at                                    GRAPHIC DESIGN
                                                                                                  story ideas, comments, or suggestions for
                                                                                                  Hand in Hand to achiang@mail.cho.org.
www.chofoundation.org                               Erika Sandstrom
                                                    SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
in the round

            (l-r) Brad Barber, senior vice president and chief development officer for Children’s Hospital
            Foundation, and Frank tiedemann, Children’s Hospital’s president and Ceo.

    hand in hand: CHildren’s             BRad BaRBeR: You     don’t have      hih: CHildren’s Has               Brentwood, Pleasanton and
    Has Been proVidinG                   to scratch the surface very hard     experienCed iMpressiVe            Walnut Creek, and we’ll open a
    pediatriC Care to tHe                                                     Gains in tHe nuMBers
                                         to learn about the amazing                                             fifth in Modesto in mid-2008.
    CHildren oF tHe east BaY                                                  oF CHildren it treats
                                         care, research, and teaching                                           tiedemann: We     also plan to
    For alMost 100 Years noW.                                                 eaCH Year.
    WHat is diFFerent todaY              that is happening right here in                                        open an expanded center in
                                                                              tiedemann: That’s    right.
    tHan, saY, 10 Years aGo?             Oakland. All day, every day,                                           Walnut Creek in early 2009
                                                                              Children’s has experienced
    fRanK tiedemann:      Let me         we give kids our undivided                                             that features sports medi-
                                                                              an increasing demand for its
    start by saying what hasn’t          attention.                                                             cine, diagnostic imaging, and
                                                                              services across the board—
    changed. Since our founding,         tiedemann:     Of course, much       from Emergency Department         more—many of the kinds of
    Children’s has been committed        has changed in the field of          visits and outpatient visits to   services you’d find at our main
    to providing the most highly         healthcare, and that will            inpatient admissions. In fact,    hospital in Oakland.
    specialized care for kids in this    likely continue. As Northern         in 2007 we admitted 10,350        BaRBeR: While    we are making

                                                                                                                                                  pHotoGrapHY BY audreY CHianG
    region and around the world.         California’s only independent        young patients, approximately     strategic investments to extend
    We have children who come            children’s hospital, we remain       10.7 percent more than 2006,      our reach and our impact in
    to us from Oakland and also          nimble as an organization, and       and had more than 225,000         this region, Children’s will
    Africa, Asia, Central America,       can respond quickly to changes       outpatient visits.                continue to be an oasis of
    and the Middle East, seeking         in the field. Our scientists
                                                                              BaRBeR: We    are also expand-    healing for the sickest kids in
    the kind of care in the kind of      have the freedom to pursue
                                                                              ing our network of care so        our community, right here in
    environment that only we can         their greatest passions. Our
                                                                              kids can access advanced          Oakland.
    provide.                             physicians are able to translate
                                                                              specialty care closer to their
                                         breakthrough research into
                                                                              homes. Children’s Specialty
                                         bedside therapies that deliver
                                                                              Care centers are in Larkspur,
                                         cures for disease.
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Q+A         with the president and chief development officer

as the hospital forges ahead with plans to continue providing world-         FOUNDATION, nurtures Children’s growth in a different way: by
class pediatric care to the children and families of Northern California     connecting donors with the mission of this remarkable institution.
and beyond.                                                                  Barber fixes his attention on the best interests of the kids. It is this
    As CEO, Tiedemann’s focus is on driving innovations in service           relentless focus on Children’s mission that assures donors and the
delivery and care, but he’s quick to share his view of perhaps the most      community alike that this is the place for kids.
important role he plays: steward of Children’s most valuable resources,          Whether designing strategies for growth or raising philanthropic
which are the members of its community of caregivers, donors,                support, both men view the community’s contributions as essential
physicians, scientists, and—most important—patient families.                 ingredients to achieving Children’s ultimate goal: ensuring the health
    “Children’s taproot runs deep in this community and in the field          of kids locally and globally, now and in the future. ■
of pediatric care and research,” Tiedemann says. “It is the synergistic
relationship that Children’s has with the community that helps make
the hospital’s vision a reality.”

HIH: CHILDREN’S IS WOVEN             TIEDEMANN:    Our vision for          HIH: YOU MENTIONED                  TIEDEMANN: At Children’s,
INTO THE FABRIC OF                   Children’s second century of          SUSTAINING EXCELLENCE.              we are committed to uti-
OAKLAND AND THE GREATER                                                    WHAT ROLE CAN
                                     care is one marked by sustained                                           lizing the most advanced
EAST BAY. CAN YOU DESCRIBE                                                 PHILANTHROPY PLAY IN
                                     excellence, where new treat-                                              medical technologies available.
THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY IN                                                   PARTICULAR?
YOUR WORK?                           ments and therapies offer hope                                            Philanthropy enables us to
                                                                           BARBER:   Philanthropic
                                     and healing to the children of                                            purchase new equipment, such
TIEDEMANN: Truly,   we could                                               contributions enable us to
                                     the East Bay and around the                                               as our portable CereTom CT
not provide the level of care                                              provide advanced care to kids
                                     world.                                                                    scanner. Now we can do a CT
we do without strong support                                               who need our help today, and
                                                                                                               scan in the operating room or
from our community.                                                        represent an essential invest-
                                                                                                               in the PICU without moving
BARBER: Philanthropy has been                                              ment in our future. One way
                                                                                                               our most fragile patients. This
at the heart of this institution                                           private donors can ensure
                                                                                                               is just one example of philan-
ever since nurse Bertha Wright                                             sustained growth and innova-
                                                                                                               thropy in action.
led the charge to raise $6,500                                             tion is through endowed sup-
                                                                           port. We are spearheading an        BARBER:  Philanthropy drives
to buy the first Children’s
                                                                           initiative to raise endowments      excellence. Simply put, we
Hospital building. Our donors
                                                                           for Children’s research and         believe our children deserve
are our partners; at each step
                                                                           clinical departments, as well       nothing less.
of the way, their contributions
have enabled us to build this                                              as for our fellowship programs
amazing hospital where new                                                 which strengthen our ability
discoveries and life-saving                                                to continue to attract the best
treatments are delivered daily.                                            and brightest in the field of
                                                                           pediatric care and research.

                                                                                                                                  SPRING 2008      3
out and about

                                                    Going bald
                                                    for a cause
                                                    ST BALDRICK’S EVENT RAISES OVER
                                                    $130,000 FOR CANCER RESEARCH
                                                    More than 140 men, women, and children cel-
                                                    ebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Children’s Hospital’s
                                                    Outpatient Center by shaving their heads in
                                                    solidarity with childhood cancer patients.

                                                                                                                                                             PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY STEPHANE PLIHON; PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY TURCHIN (ST. BALDRICK’S); AUDREY CHIANG (WORKDAY DEVIL MOUNTAIN RUN)
                                                    Hosted by the Keaton Raphael Memorial,
                                                    the St. Baldrick’s event raised funds to sup-
                                                    port pediatric cancer research locally and
                                                    nationally. The “shavees” included Children’s                                           ,
                                                                                                         (Front row, l-r: Greg Warrington, 7 and Trevor
                                                    Hospital physicians and staff, local firefighters,     Alamillo; back row, l-r: Lauren Alamillo and
                                                                                                         Devon Warrington.) Greg, who has had over
(Above) Sailors on a Mission talk to kids about     patient family members, and other compas-            20 operations at Children’s, did the Kid’s Fun
the art and science of sailing in Children’s        sionate volunteers who collectively helped           Run with his cousin Lauren, brother Devon,
schoolroom. (Below) Le Flying Fish will take                                                             and cousin Trevor.
                                                    raise $130,000. Cancer claims the lives of more
the two sailors to Hawaii on their mission to
raise funds for Children’s.                         children in the U.S. than any other disease, and
                                                    similar St. Baldrick’s Day events are held annu-

Sailors on a Mission:                               ally at hundreds of locations across the nation.     31st Annual
SUPPORT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL                                                                              Workday Devil
“I know that grateful feeling I had when my
child got treatments from world-class medical
                                                                                                         Mountain Run
                                                                                                         “I’m so glad to have the opportunity to give
specialists at Children’s Hospital Oakland,”
                                                                                                         back to Children’s,” said Susan Benterou, a Devil
says Stephane Plihon. “I want to give that feel-
                                                                                                         Mountain Run first-timer. Both of Susan’s sons
ing to other parents.”
                                                                                                         were patients at Children’s. Susan suffered
    When Stephane’s son was 5 months old,
                                                                                                         a stroke two years ago, and she was thrilled
he was treated at Children’s after he stopped
                                                                                                         to participate in the race—not only for the
breathing in his sleep. A few years later, the
                                                                                                         incentive to train daily, but also as a fun way
veteran sailor started the non-profit Sailors on
                                                                                                         to support Children’s. Over 2,000 runners and
a Mission to share his gratitude for the care his
                                                                                                         walkers joined Susan at this year’s Workday
son, now almost 8 years old, received and to
                                                                                                         Devil Mountain Run on May 4 in downtown
raise money for the hospital.
                                                                                                         Danville, which raised almost $120,000 for
    In February, Stephane and his colleague
                                                                                                         Children’s Hospital. Our next generation of rac-
JP visited Children’s schoolroom, teaching
                                                                                                         ers participated in the Kid’s Fun Run, sponsored
kids how to make paper boats and tie sailors’
                                                                                                         by the Links for Life Foundation. Children’s
knots. They brought the joy of sailing into the
                                                                                                         Sports Medicine department led the pre-race
                                                                                                         warm-up exercises.
    In July, Stephane and JP will race a 24-foot    (Above) Event organizer Lisa Baracker just after
sailboat from San Francisco to Hawaii to raise      getting her head shaved with her 2-year-old son
                                                    Isaac, an oncology patient at Children’s who is
funds for Children’s Hospital.                      receiving care for an optic nerve tumor. (Below)
                                                    Elora shaves her head to show her support
                                                    for her twin sister Ariel, who is currently being
                                                    treated for cancer at Children’s. Team Ariel
                                                    raised over $7 ,000.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Left, l-r) Kristina Smith, Branches board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          member and former Rowan Branch co-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chair, and fellow Rowan member Belinda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          George, who was presented with the Alice
                                                                                                                          Chase                                                                                                           Bullard Lifetime Achievement Award.

                                                                                                                          the Blues                                                                                                       (Right, l-r) Betty Jo Olson, Branches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          president, with Christopher Cox, one of
                                                                                                                          Nine years ago, Children’s trauma team cared                                                                    the featured speakers at the event.
                                                                                                                          for Kate Montgomery’s daughter following a                                                                      Mr. Cox is a former patient and research
                                                                                                                          bad accident. After this experience, Kate talked                                                                assistant at Children’s, and an aspiring
                                                                                                                          with her friend Brynne Staley, and together                                                                     medical professional.
                                                                                                                          they founded Chase the Blues. “If anything
                                                                                                                          happens to your kid, Children’s is where you          Celebrating Children’s Hospital Branches
                                                                                                                          go,” explained Kate. “It seemed natural to
                                                                                                                                                                                On April 30, the Branches of Children’s Hospital celebrated the volunteer efforts of its
                                                                                                                          organize an event in Piedmont (where we
                                                                                                                                                                                members at its annual meeting and volunteer luncheon at Orinda Country Club. Children’s
                                                                                                                          live) to show our support for the hospital and
                                                                                                                                                                                Hospital Branches are organized into 18 local groups spread throughout the Bay Area, involv-
                                                                                                                          its amazing medical staff.” An estimated 300
                                                                                                                                                                                ing more than 400 women in collectively raising $1 million each year for Children’s.
                                                                                                                          people attended the Chase the Blues party on

                                                                                                                          May 3, which included a silent auction, food
                                                                                                                          from local caterers and restaurants, and live
                                                                                                                          rhythm and blues music. Now in its sixth year,
                                                                                                                          the event is near its goal of raising a total of $1   107.7 The Bone rocked Children’s Hospital
                                                                                                                          million for Children’s.                               during the 2008 Radiothon for Kids
                                                                                                                                                                                With the help of over 300 volunteers, Children’s Outpatient Center was transformed into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2, .7
                                                                                                                                                                                a radio studio for three days. From April 10 through 1 107 The Bone broadcast live from
                                                                                                                                                                                Children’s to raise funds and increase awareness about the amazing work that happens every
                                                                                                                                                                                day at the hospital. Listeners heard inspiring stories of strength and healing from grateful
                                                                                                                                                                                families and patients themselves. Through online and telephone donations, the Radiothon
                                                                                                                                                                                raised over $350,000 for Children’s Hospital. Thank you to the following businesses for their
                                                                                                                                                                                generous donations: Amici’s, Bakesale Betty, Best Buy, Blockbuster Video, Coca-Cola, Cold
                                                                                                                                                                                Stone Creamery, Cresco Equipment Rentals, Kohl’s Department Stores, Peet’s Coffee and Tea,
                                                                                                                                                                                Round Table Pizza, and Semifreddi’s.

                                                                                                                                                                                (Left) Best Buy sent staff from six local stores to answer phones, and each store also
                                                                                                                           (Above, l-r) John Bowe, regional president of        generously donated electronic goods. On behalf of Children’s Child Life Program, Maggie
                                                                                                                          APL Americas, his wife Susan, and Jan Kessler,        Greenblatt (back row, left), Children’s School Program teacher, and Patty Coffin (on Maggies’s
                                                                                                                          event chair. APL was a generous sponsor of            right), Children’s School Program coordinator and head teacher, gratefully accepted the
                                                                                                                          this year’s event. (Below, l-r) Brynne Staley         donation, which included a laptop computer, Nintendo Wii, and Sony Playstation.
                                                                                                                          and Kate Montgomery served as the honorary            (Right) Janice Williams shares the story of her 3-year-old granddaughter Brooklyn Watson,
                                                                                                                          event co-chairs.                                      who was paralyzed and is relearning how to walk and talk with the help of Children’s Pediatric
                                                                                                                                                                                Rehabilitation department.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SPRING 2008       5
friends of Children’s

           lombardy Branch members gather in Children’s outpatient Center before a hospital tour.

           Lombardy Branch helps hope grow                                                          pHotoGrapHY BY audreY CHianG

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“A lot ofCatherine Dieterich,how to give,”
          people don’t know                                                 Lombardy Branch provided the seed funding for Children’s
explains                      Lombardy                                  innovative Domestic violence Education and Screening (DOvES)
Branch president. “It really doesn’t take                               program, started in 1999, which trains pediatric healthcare pro-

                                                                        viders on the impact that domestic violence has on children, and
much to make a big difference.                                          provides crisis intervention and counseling services.
    Lombardy Branch is making a huge difference at Children’s               “I don’t think we’d have the breadth of program services at CCP
Hospital & Research Center Oakland through their annual fund-           if not for the Lombardy Branch’s support,” says Shelley Hamilton,
raising efforts. founded in 1952, the branch includes multiple          LCSW, management coordinator for CCP. “It’s the small but really
generations and several mother-daughter pairs.                                              valuable things they do. for example, Lombardy
    “for a lot of us ‘oldies,’ it’s hard to imag-                                           Branch shows up for every holiday, whether it’s
ine not being a part of Lombardy,” says Meg                                                 bringing stuffed animals for Easter, or pass-
Pauletich (pictured, front row, far right),                                                 ing out Halloween goodie bags, or giving away
Lombardy member since 1972. Meg’s daughter                                                  Thanksgiving baskets. Lombardy provides us with
and daughter-in-law are also members now.                                                   very tangible and much-appreciated support all
“We’ve always been a close-knit family, so                                                  year long.”
participating together made sense. My daughter                                                  for several years, Lombardy Branch has also
and daughter-in-law are so busy these days with                                             collected gardening supplies from its members
school-age children—I really look forward to                                                to give to CCP. It was through the support of
Lombardy meetings so we can catch up!”                                                      Lombardy that a neglected flowerbed outside the
    “Most of my grandchildren have been                                                     CCP office was transformed into a therapeutic
patients at Children’s,” Meg continues. We’re                                               garden.
big-time supporters. The depth of the services at Children’s is just        “We see a lot of city kids who are just not used to cultivating
incredible, and we’re happy to do whatever we can to keep the hos-      plants,” shares Shelley. “Digging in the dirt is cathartic for many
pital’s heartbeat going.”                                               kids—you can see them working out their issues in the garden. It
    The Lombardy Branch’s annual summer garden party is hosted          also allows kids to practice nurturing and re-creates good values.
at a different local residence each year, but the focus is always the   The garden has been transformative, helping kids through a difficult
same—raising funds for Children’s Hospital. “We are joining all of      time.”
the Branches of Children’s Hospital to raise funds to support the           With the thoughtful and generous support of Lombardy
growth of the hospital in its second century,” says Catherine (pic-     Branch, a garden is born, lives are transformed, and children who
tured, front row, fourth from left).                                    have gone through the most traumatic experiences of their lives can
    for eight years, the Lombardy Branch directed their support to      begin to heal. ■
Children’s Hospital’s Center for Child Protection (CCP), becom-
ing the center’s most consistent and generous supporter. The CCP        For more information about the Branches, or to get involved, call
was established in 1997 and provides comprehensive medical and          Viki Cebers, Branches office manager, at 510-428-3355 or visit
mental health services to children whose lives have been affected by    www.childrenshospitalbranches.org. See page 42 for a listing of generous
abuse and violence. (See article on page 20.)                           Branches donors.

                                                                                                                                  sprinG 2008      7
friends of Children’s

helping businesses and children grow

    as a small Business                                                                                             bedside instruction for grades K–12,
    administRation finanCe                                                                                          a media center, a computer lab, and
    lendeR, the Bay Area                                                                                            frequent visits from guest lecturers.
    Development Company has pro-                                                                                    Because of the personal instruction
    vided more than 1,400 Northern                                                                                  our patients receive, we often find
    California small and midsize com-                                                                               their grasp of curriculum increases
    panies with more than $2 billion                                                                                during their hospital stay.”
    of commercial real estate financing.                                                                                “I am so impressed with the work
    “We pride ourselves on helping                                                                                  done by the teachers at Children’s,”
    businesses get control of their own                                                                             explains Jim enthusiastically. “So many
    destiny and helping them grow,”                                                                                 patients are in the hospital for several
    says Jim Baird, founder and CEO.                                                                                months, and they have unique needs.
    “We firmly believe that if small            (l-r) alexina Cather, Maggie Greenblatt, Jim Baird and patty        The School Program at Children’s is a
    companies get the support they              Coffin in the Children’s Hospital schoolroom.                       perfect example of how amazingly cre-
    need, it helps the economic develop-                                                                            ative solutions can be crafted to meet
    ment of the whole community.”                         of Children’s Circle of Care, the prestigious,            the unique challenges the children at
         This philosophy of helping people build          internationally recognized society of leading      pediatric hospitals face.”
    their dreams is a key part of the company’s           benefactors of children’s hospitals.                    But don’t just take Jim’s word for it. “You
    mission, and it also directs their philanthrop-           Because success in school is essential to      really should tour the hospital and see for
    ic focus. “We support Bay Area organizations          children’s self-esteem and well-being, educa-      yourself what this institution accomplishes
    that help create opportunity. We feel it is es-       tional continuity is an important component        every day,” says Jim. “You’ll want to be part
    pecially important to develop opportunities           of the recovery plan for every school-age          of the solution, too.”
    for the youngest, most vulnerable members             child hospitalized at Children’s. “Children’s           Children’s is very grateful for Jim and
    of our diverse community,” says Jim.                  School Program is a fully accredited part of       his company’s support and their conviction
         The company has been supporting                  the Oakland Unified School District, and we        that a good education is essential to building
    Children’s Hospital & Research Center                 provide a reassuring bridge between home           community and empowering youth—espe-
    Oakland since 2002. Their generous support            and hospital,” says Patty Coffin, MA, pro-         cially during a trying time in our patients’
    of the Children’s Hospital School Program             gram coordinator and teacher. “The program         lives. ■
    for the past two years makes them members             has group and individual classroom and

                                                                                                                                                                pHotoGrapHY BY lYnn saGraMoso
                       Children’s Circle of Care
                       Children’s Circle of Care (CCC) is a national program rec-        held corporations stand hand in hand with dedicated
                       ognizing the philanthropic leaders whose generosity helps         researchers and clinicians as key members of the health-
                       children’s hospitals provide the life-saving treatments, ef-      care teams at north america’s premier pediatric medical
                       fective prevention programs, state-of-the-art equipment,          centers. CCC members have access to private educational
                       and sensitive support systems that improve the health of          programs and social events throughout the year, includ-
                       kids and families every day.                                      ing the annual north american leadership Conference
                           With sustained annual commitments of at least                 and Gala dinner. see page 35 for a listing of all Children’s
                       $10,000, these individuals, family foundations, and privately     Hospital oakland’s generous CCC members.

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                                                                                                                                      friends of Children’s

                                         Almaden Costco pays it forward
                                         $100,000 fUNDRAISING GOAL TO SUPPORT CHILDREN’S SET BY TOP-SELLING COSTCO
                                         WAREHOUSE / BY LYNN SAGRAMOSO

                                                                                                                                                     Every cashier at the Almaden Costco
                                                                                                                                                sells several different items for the benefit
                                                                                                                                                of Children’s. There are Children’s Hospital
                                                                                                                                                bubble pens and plush teddy bears to pur-
                                                                                                                                                chase, as well as CMN balloons with donor
                                                                                                                                                wishes, which decorate the entire warehouse.
                                                                                                                                                     “This year, we are going to park a
                                                                                                                                                volkswagen Bug with the sunroof open in-
                                                                                                                                                side the warehouse,” Rich enthusiastically
                                                                                                                                                reports. “Customers can just drop dollars
                                                                                                                                                into the car. It’ll be great to see the entire
                                                                                                                                                car filled with people’s caring support.”
                                                                                                                                                     Rich has a personal interest in chil-
                                                                                                                                                dren’s healthcare. In the early 1980s, he
                                                                                                                                                lost a niece to leukemia. She was diagnosed
                                                                                                                                                at two years old, and battled the disease
                                           “i Can’t tell you how pRoud i am                one of the top Costco fundraisers in the             for ten years. “Until the day she died, she
                                           of ouR CostCo assoCiates, regional              country. Every dollar they raise during              never gave up hope,” Rich recalls. “I know
                                           managers, and members,” says Rich Weeks,        this event goes to Children’s Hospital &             how illnesses like this can devastate an
                                           assistant warehouse manager for the Costco      Research Center Oakland—and this year                entire family. fortunately, leukemia treat-
                                           Almaden warehouse in San Jose. “It’s            the Almaden Costco has set its sights on             ments have come a long way since then. I
                                           great to see their level of compassion and      raising $100,000 in one month.                       want to make a difference, and it is little
                                           commitment.”                                        “We have 100 percent commitment                  acts of compassion such as this that help
                                               He has every reason to be proud.            from our associates, and our customers               families survive.”
                                           Every year, through the Children’s Miracle      really respond to that. We make it a fun                  Costco Almaden associates get the job
                                           Network (CMN) sponsorship program,              competition,” explains Rich. “It’s great             done. “It is very satisfying to know that we
                                           more than 300 Costco warehouses                 for team-building, too. We set up a board            do something above and beyond our regu-
                                           nationwide participate in a month-long          in our break room called Pay It forward,             lar duties,” says Rich. “Our efforts will help
pHotoGrapHY proVided BY alMaden CostCo

                                           fundraiser, generously supporting their         just like the movie. Employees tell me that          someone who needs it. And who better to
                                           local pediatric hospital. for the past three    they’ve found fundraising to be one of the           receive this help than a child?” ■
                                           years, the Almaden warehouse has been           most satisfying things they do.”

                                                                                      Children’s Miracle Network
                                                                                      all 24 northern California Costco warehouses have a cumulative fundraising goal of
                                                                                      $1 million for Children’s Hospital oakland. look for CMn balloons at your local Costco
                                                                                      to participate in this event.
                                                                                          each year, thousands of CMn sponsors put on a wide array of fundraising programs
                                                                                      to benefit their local pediatric hospital. see page 40 for a listing of all of Children’s
                                                                                      Hospital oakland’s generous CMn sponsors.

                                                                                                                                                                            sprinG 2008     9
       Just a
               regular kid
                    “MIRACLE CHILD” ANYMORE
                      / BY LYNN SAGRAMOSO

10   Hand in Han d
                                                (Opposite page) Mattie poses during a recent trip to paris with her family. (l-r) Mattie, three years old, recovers after
                                                her second open heart surgery in Children’s pediatric intensive Care Unit; The Hollenbach family—Mattie, Jill, Sam
                                                and paul—enjoy a day at the beach; Mattie and her mom at Children’s 2008 radiothon for Kids.

                                                Kids asK aBout                         six-and-a-half-year-old Mattie Hollenbach explains
                                                      MY sCar,”                        reluctantly, her hand tracing down the front of her
                                                                  shirt. “So I tell them about my heart. But I’d rather be just a regular
                                                                  kid. That’s why I love Children’s Hospital,” she continues, looking up,
                                                                  grinning triumphantly. “Because of them, that’s what I am!”

                                                                       “Mattie is Children’s biggest fan,” Mattie’s mother,      rare congenital defect in which the pulmonary valve,
                                                                  Jill Hollenbach, says, squeezing Mattie’s shoulders            the main door that allows blood to flow to the lungs, is
                                                                  proudly. “She understands the really amazing thing that        missing or blocked. In Mattie’s case, her valve failed to
                                                                  Children’s surgeons and medical staff did for her.”            develop. She also didn’t have a main pulmonary artery,
                                                                       Mattie was eight pounds and five ounces at birth,         which connects the heart to the lungs. Instead, she just
                                                                  and seemed just fine. However, during her 5-day-               had small blood vessels called collaterals, which con-
pHotoGrapHY proVided BY tHe HollenBaCH FaMilY

                                                                  old routine checkup, the Hollenbachs’ pediatrician             nected the lungs to the aorta.”
                                                                  heard a heart murmur, and advised that she be sent to               In addition, Mattie had a ventricular septal defect—
                                                                  Children’s Hospital & Research Center’s Cardiology             literally, a hole in her heart. “The hole between the
                                                                  department immediately.                                        ventricles of Mattie’s heart allowed some oxygenation
                                                                       “It was like a bad dream,” confides Jill. “The staff at   of her blood, but her body wasn’t getting the oxygen
                                                                  Children’s did an electrocardiogram, a chest x-ray, and        it needed to thrive, and her heart was working far too
                                                                  echocardiogram tests. More and more people came into           hard,” Dr. Avasarala continued. “We could stabilize
                                                                  the exam room—it was clearly very serious. Then they           her for a while with medications and use a catheter to
                                                                  whisked her away to the PICU (intensive care unit) to          open up some smaller vessels. However, major surgery
                                                                  stabilize her. It all happened so quickly.”                    to close the hole between the ventricles, reconstruct her
                                                                       Children’s cardiologist Kishor Avasarala, MD,             pulmonary arteries, and add a donor pulmonary valve
                                                                  explains, “Mattie was born with pulmonary atresia, a           was her only long-term option.”

                                                                                                                                                                                sprinG 2008   11
Mattie (middle row, third from left) and her Oakland soccer team, the Cheetahs. Mattie’s brother Sam and their dad paul, the Cheetahs’ coach,
(back row, far right) help celebrate a fun season.

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                                                     In the past, surgeons could repair these com-            and confident the doctors were. They were in this
                                                plex and life-threatening defects only with several           incredibly tense, 13-hour, life-threatening surgery.
                                                separate surgeries, each of which required the chest          Anyone else would have been completely obliterated
                                                to be opened and the heart stopped. A procedure               by the stress. I am so grateful that there are people in
                                                called unifocalization—developed and pioneered                this world who can do that kind of work.”
                                                by Children’s cardiac surgeon frank Hanley, MD—                    After Mattie recovered from her surgery, her
                                                often allows the repair to be done with only one              health turned a corner. “She was always kind of frail
                                                surgery. This procedure allows surgeons to reroute            and slightly sickly before,” explains Jill, “but now
                                                the misdirected collateral arteries into a single vessel,     she’s an incredibly robust child with plenty of energy.
                                                which is then attached to the right ventricle of the          She takes gymnastic classes and plays on a soccer
                                                heart, restoring normal circulation from lungs to             team. More surgery is in her future, but right now
                                                heart. Then the hole in the ventricle wall is repaired.       she is healthy and happy, and enjoying every moment
                                                     Mattie was three months old when Dr. Hanley              of her life.”
                                                and the Children’s cardiac team performed this                     Sometimes Mattie and her family look at the
                                                surgery. “Mattie was in the operating room for nine           pictures of Mattie in the PICU, and talk about what
                                                hours,” recalls Jill. “Then she recovered in the PICU         all those tubes were for. “We tell her to remember
                                                for a week afterward. It was amazing to experience            how strong and brave she is to have gone through all
                                                how skilled and kind the nurses were in watching              this,” Jill says.
                                                over Mattie’s condition.”                                          Jill, who is a population geneticist, recently
                                                     Mattie healed quickly and started gaining weight,        joined Children’s research staff to study the genetics
                                                but she wasn’t out of the woods yet. Her rebuilt              of the immune system, which directly affects the suc-
                                                pulmonary arteries started getting narrower, due to           cess or failure of tissue transplants.
                                                calcification and scar tissue, putting too much pres-              “Mattie likes the idea that I am part of her hos-
                                                sure on her heart.                                            pital,” Jill says. She chuckles. “I am thrilled to work
                                                     Just shy of her third birthday, Mattie went in           with such a talented group of scientists and help
                                                for her second open heart surgery. “Naturally, my             benefit children’s health worldwide.”
                                                husband, Paul, and I were a wreck,” recalls Jill. “It              Twice a year, Mattie comes to Children’s for heart
                                                is so hard to hand your child over to such a serious          function tests, and visits with Dr. Avasarala and the
                                                procedure. The waiting is terrible.”                          cardiac staff, who have become such a large part of
                                                     Eight hours went by before Dr. Avasarala                 her life. She regularly attends the annual Heart Party
                                                emerged from the operating room to update the                 at the hospital, and she’s looking forward to Camp
                                                couple, and said the last words any parent wants to           del Corazon this summer, where she’ll meet other
pHotoGrapHY proVided BY tHe HollenBaCH FaMilY

                                                hear. “There’s been a complication,” he informed              kids who have had similar heart defects.
                                                them. “We are doing everything we can—don’t give                   Just last month, Mattie and Jill shared their story
                                                up hope.”                                                     at Children’s Radiothon for Kids (see cover picture)
                                                     During the delicate procedure, the surgeons              to help raise money and awareness, so that all kids
                                                had identified a small, subtle injury to Mattie’s left        who need it can receive the specialized healthcare
                                                coronary artery. If left uncorrected, the injury would        she did. “She feels a part of Children’s—there’s a real
                                                have led to a heart attack or even death. The cardiac         sense of ownership,” Jill explains. “We are so glad
                                                surgical team worked quickly to correct this injury           that Children’s was there for us.” ■
                                                before successfully attaching the new, larger donor
                                                pulmonary artery and valve.                                   To learn more about the amazing care that Children’s
                                                     “It was a miracle,” says Jill, breathing a sigh of re-   provides, visit www.childrenshospitaloakland.org
                                                lief at the memory. “I was impressed with how calm

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physician profile

                                                                                                          Kishor avasarala, Md, checks on Mario’s heart
                                                                                                          murmur during a follow-up appointment.

Kishor Avasarala, MD

     google KishoR aVasaRala, md, and two themes BeCome                              So was running. When he was a young teen, Dr. Avasarala, en-
     appaRent. first and foremost, he is a cardiologist, an “extraordinarily    couraged by his brother Madhu, took to those same roads as a long-
     kind one,” according to a Berkeley Parents Network posting. Second,        distance runner. The brothers ran armed with “a couple of stones and
     he is an ultra-long distance runner, his name cropping up often in         a stick” to ward off the wild dogs that roamed the streets, ready to
     marathon and ultra-marathon race postings. Both themes began long          attack anyone crossing their territory.
     ago on the dusty streets of his hometown of Bangalore, India.                   The ritual of running continues to this day. The brothers celebrate
         Dr. Avasarala remembers riding with his grandfather in his British     their shared birthday (though three years apart) at the Quicksilver

                                                                                                                                                           pHotoGrapHY BY GarY turCHin
     Austin on dusty roads to nearby villages. Barely 5 years old, he was al-   50Mile/50K Endurance Run every year.
     ready accompanying Tata Rao, also a physician, on house calls. Young            Dr. Avasarala has logged 60 marathons (26.2 miles) and six ultra-
     Kishor carried Tata Rao’s bag, sterilized his syringes, even helped him    marathons (both 50K and 50 milers). When he visits India, he hits
     mix medications in a compounder, pouring in ingredients from dif-          the roads the day after the 28-hour trip, running like old times. Only
     ferent colored jars. The experience left him with a clear ambition.        now he carries a can of mace in lieu of rocks and sticks.
         “There was no doubt in my mind at 5 that I wanted to be a                   Dr. Avasarala, director of Pediatric Electrophysiology in the
     physician,” says Dr. Avasarala, who had five aunts and many senior         Cardiology department at Children’s Hospital & Research Center
     cousins who were doctors while he was his grandfather’s preschool          Oakland, spreads out the echocardiogram of a 14-year-old girl on the
     assistant. Doctoring was in the blood.                                     floor of his office.

14   Hand in Han d
                                                   “Any time she gets any kind of fear or anger response of some         circuit. The cure rate for catheter ablation is about 95 percent.
                                               kind, she suddenly goes into cardiac arrest, her heart rate goes over         “In what field of medicine can you say we can cure your
                                               300 beats a minute,” he explains. “Without this device (a defibrilla-     problem most of the time?” Dr. Avasarala asks. “Controlling stuff
                                               tor he implanted) she’d be dead in two minutes. I see this on a daily     with medication or palliating stuff, partially controlling symptoms
                                               basis, that’s the kind of feel-good sensation that all of us physicians   patients still have to live with, is a lot of what medicine does.”
                                               get, to be able to make changes in people’s lives or impact them              Just as becoming a specialist in one of pediatrics’ most techni-
                                               directly, its worth all the training, all the trouble.”                   cal subspecialties requires discipline, so does running. By 5:30
                                                   Dr. Avasarala’s training got off to a troubling start. “I was play-   a.m., Dr. Avasarala is usually well into his two-hour morning jog.
                                               ing all day, skipping school,” he says of his early years as a student.   He starts early, so he doesn’t take away from spending time with
                                               “My brother, on the other hand, was a genius, studying hard, acing        his son, Rahul, 14, and daughter, Shalini, 9. He runs around Lake
                                               everything.”                                                              Merritt during the week, but on weekends likes to hit the trails in

                                                    “I can’t tell a 16-year-old who is
                                                    overweight that he has to run daily
                                                    unless I can do it myself. I feel more
                                                    conviction in what I say if I can
                                                    practice it in my own daily life. To me
                                                    that’s all very important.”

                                                    But in 7th grade the future physician discovered a love of math      the Oakland and Berkeley Hills. These runs can be considerably
                                               and science. He began studying in earnest, eventually enrolling in        longer, three or more hours, depending on what he’s training for. If
                                               medical school and completing a pediatric residency in India. In          it’s still dark, he and his running companions, mostly techies, wear
                                               a quest for greater knowledge, Dr. Avasarala came to the United           headlamps to light the way. He logs about 40 miles a week, but
                                               States in 1990 to do another pediatric residency, this time at the        adds at least another 20 when he’s training for a race.
                                               New York Medical College. His intention was to study neonatol-                  “I don’t feel its right to preach if I can’t practice it myself,” Dr.
                                               ogy, but after a couple of months in New York, he found his true          Avasarala says. “I can’t tell a 16-year-old who is overweight that he
                                               calling—cardiology. After a combined 15 years of intensive training       has to run daily unless I can do it myself. I feel more conviction in
                                               in medical school, residencies and fellowships, he took his first job     what I say if I can practice it in my own daily life. To me that’s all
pHotoGrapHY proVided BY tHe aVasarala FaMilY

                                               at Children’s, where he has practiced for eight years now.                very important.”
                                                    Dr. Avasarala’s subspecialty, electrophysiology, addresses the             “I think I’m a far better physician because of my running,” he
                                               heart’s electrical problems. If the heart beats too slowly or too fast,   explains. “I can take a lot more stress, both physical and mental,
                                               its speed must be adjusted. Depending on the condition, medica-           and it helps my ability to concentrate, to work long hours. It’s
                                               tion, pacemakers or defibrillators may be used. If there’s an abnor-      mind over body and you are training yourself to do that.”
                                               mal electrical pathway, causing odd rhythms, a catheter ablation is             In his profession and his passion Dr. Avasarala follows the same
                                               performed. About 50 percent of the cases Dr. Avasarala sees involve       philosophy. “There is a statement that is part of a philosophy in
                                               this delicate procedure.                                                  India that says ‘if you do anything you have to do it to the best and
                                                    “You find out where the abnormal pathways and abnormal               to the fullest, otherwise there’s no point in doing it.’ I try and live
                                               wires are, then move the catheter to the exact spot,” Dr. Avasarala       by that, the quest is to keep getting better by the day, at work or be-
                                               says, holding up a catheter and manipulating its caterpillar-like end     ing a parent or being a runner, a never ending quest for perfection.”
                                               to demonstrate. The tissue is then either heated or frozen with the             He laughs at his mention of perfection. There will always be
                                               catheter. The resulting scarring interrupts the undesired electrical      some dust. ■

                                                                                                                                                                                    sprinG 2008        15
                (really early) prevention for

Hand in Han d
                childhood nutrition problems
                BABIES / BY AUDREY CHIANG
                                                                                                       new discoveries

                                                                             anet King, PhD, senior scientist at
                                                                             Children’s Hospital, finds pregnancy
                                                                           “I’ve been studying nutritional needs during pregnancy since
                                                                      graduate school,” said Dr. King. “Pregnancy is an amazing period of
                                                                      time because the woman’s entire metabolism changes dramatically to
                                                                      support fetal growth.”
                                                                          Dr. King came to Children’s research institute in 2003, after direct-
                                                                      ing the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University
                                                                      of California, Davis, for 8 years. Her extensive background in nutrition
                                                                      research spans more than 35 years.
                                                                          She loved chemistry in school, but was steered away from the field
                                                                      because it was considered inappropriate for women. “Nutrition is a
                                                                      science that is built on principles of chemistry,” explained Dr. King. “So
                                                                      that’s why I went into nutrition.”
                                                                          “Growing up poor, there wasn’t money for college, so I joined the
                                                                      army,” Dr. King shared. After graduating from college, she worked as a
                                                                      dietitian for the Army during the vietnam War. “One day I got orders
                                                                      to serve in the war, but the next week, my orders were rescinded. They
                                                                      had decided not to set up hospitals, as it was too dangerous.”
                                                                          Instead of being sent to vietnam, Dr. King was invited to join the
                                                                      Army’s prestigious nutrition research unit, thus beginning her long
                                                                      career in the field.

                                                                      ProvIdIng scIence for natIonal recommendatIons
                                                                      After her term of service, Dr. King went to graduate school at the
                                                                      University of California, Berkeley, and focused her doctoral dissertation
                                                                      on pregnant women.
                                                                          “My major professor was a big player in the field of protein nutri-
                                                                      tion,” said Dr. King. “She encouraged me to study the protein require-
                                                                      ments of pregnant teenagers to see whether the growing teens met their
                                                                      increased protein requirement during pregnancy.”
                                                                          The data from her first study eventually became the basis for the
                                                                      U.S. and international protein recommendations for pregnant women.
                                  Janet King, phD, senior scientist   Those recommendations remain in effect today: Pregnant women are
                                  at Children’s Hospital, not only
pHotoGrapHY BY alain MClauGHlin

                                  conducts nutrition research,        encouraged to consume an additional 10 grams of protein a day. This
                                  but also founded Children’s         can be found in about 1½ ounces of meat or 1¼ cups of milk.
                                  Healthy Eating Active Living
                                                                          In 2005, Dr. King served as chair of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines
                                  (HEAL) program to treat
                                  childhood obesity.                  Advisory Committee. Appointed by the federal government each
                                                                      year, this committee is charged with reviewing the current science and
                                                                      developing recommendations for national dietary guidelines. Next time
                                                                      you are at the grocery store, look for the colorful MyPyramid, which
                                                                      the USDA developed as a nutrition education tool based on the 2005

                                                                                                                               sprinG 2008         17
     PreventIng obesIty and dIabetes
     In Infants and chIldren
         When Dr. King started working on nutrition during
     pregnancy in the 1970s, the primary problem was low
     birth weight. By the late 1990s, the picture had changed.
     Obstetricians were now concerned about babies being
     born too large—weighing more than eight pounds, twelve
         So Dr. King started studying obese pregnant women,
     in the hopes of shedding light on how to prevent obesity in
     their unborn children. “Let’s try prevention first,” said Dr.
     King. “If we can prevent obesity in utero, it would be a lot
     easier than dealing with it afterward.”
         When she came to Children’s, Dr. King already knew
     that obese women are prone to developing diabetes during
     pregnancy, which can lead to overfeeding the baby in utero.
         “We’d found that obese pregnant women given a
     low-glycemic meal had lower blood glucose levels after
     the meal,” said Dr. King. “I thought that maybe eating a
     low-glycemic diet could reduce birth weight and diabetes in
     obese women.” This is the study that Dr. King and her team
     are engaged in currently.
         When Dr. King first arrived at Children’s Hospital,
     Bertram Lubin, MD, senior vice president of research, asked
     her to design a program to treat childhood obesity. With the
     help of Children’s primary care physician Lydia Tinajero-
     Deck, MD, Dr. King founded Children’s Healthy Eating
     Active Living (HEAL) Program. HEAL is a clinic staffed by
     medical doctors, dietitians, and exercise specialists, who work
     with children and their families to develop healthy eating
     choices, active living habits, and an open dialogue about

                                                                       (l-r) Since being referred to HEAL last June, Zachary has given up
                                                                       soda, chips and gatorade and instead opts for a homemade fruit
                                                                       and soymilk smoothie. Activities like swimming and rope-jumping
                                                                       help him control his weight and keep him energized.

                                                                       (Opposite page, l-r) Jesus is a HEAL program participant, and his
                                                                       entire family has gotten involved in healthy lifestyle changes. At
                                                                       Sunday lunch, Jesus’ mom, Alma, and her husband, Francisco,
                                                                       serve a healthy lunch of halibut, pasta, and raw broccoli and
                                                                       carrots. Jesus joins his parents and his 6-year-old sister, Karla, at
                                                                       the family’s dining room table.

18   Han d in Hand
                          body image and self-esteem. Since its inception, the clinic      “fish pond,” and Chuong means “livestock shed”—to
                          has worked with about 300 children and their families            help poor families improve their diets. The government
                          and illustrates how Children’s research benefits clinical         gives farmers land on which to grow VAC products, in
                          practices.                                                       addition to the ubiquitous rice.
                              “We’re most successful at reducing Body Mass Index               “The Vietnamese government has agreed to encourage
                          (BMI) in children under the age of 12,” stated Dr. King.         pregnant and lactating women to eat more VAC food,”
                          “This is mostly because their food intake is well con-           explained Dr. King. “We’ll buy fish, chicken, and duck
                          trolled by their parents. We are still working on ways to        eggs from VAC farmers, make them into little cakes, and
                          be more effective with adolescents, who come to us with          deliver them to pregnant women during their breaks
                          more physical and psychological problems related to              in the rice fields. We are hoping to demonstrate that
                          living with obesity for such a long time. Reducing BMI           consumption of these cakes will result in better pregnancy
                          in teens has been a challenge.” The HEAL Program has             outcomes and stronger children.”
                          successfully reduced blood pressure in teens, a step in a            By forging connections at the national level, Dr.
                          positive direction.                                              King’s research promises to influence nutrition policy
                                                                                           throughout Vietnam.
                          WORKING ON NUTRITION SOLUTIONS                                       Dr. King is also engaged in nutrition research projects
                          AROUND THE WORLD                                                 in Mexico, South Korea, Bangladesh, and Senegal.
                          Dr. King’s career is taking her full circle. Decades after al-       Working locally and internationally, Dr. King and
                          most being sent to serve there in the war, Dr. King recent-      her team are making a difference, not only to the indi-
                          ly visited Vietnam in her role as a research scientist with      viduals who participate in a study or receive treatment
                          Children’s. She is working with a University of California,      at Children’s HEAL clinic, but to entire populations af-
                          Davis, doctoral student on a project to improve pregnancy        fected by the nutrition-related policies that their research
                          outcomes in underweight women in Vietnam.                        informs. ■
                              “In Vietnam, women have no social status within the
                          family unit,” Dr. King explained. “Even while pregnant,          For more about Dr. King’s work or the Center for the
                          women are expected to work hard, both at home and in             Prevention of Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes,
                          the fields, while receiving the least amount of food in the       at Children’s research institute, please visit
                          family, leading to underweight babies, which are more            www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/research_overview.asp.
                          vulnerable to disease.”                                          For more information about Children’s Healthy
                              The Vietnamese government runs a program known               Eating Active Living program, please visit
                          as VAC—Vuon means “garden or orchard,” Ao means                  www.childrenshospitaloakland.org.

                                                                                                                                        SPRING 2008       19
inside Children’s

                                                                           Staff from Children’s
                                                                           Center for Child
                                                                           protection: (Back row,
                                                                           l-r) Victoria garcia,
                                                                           MSW; Erika ramirez,
                                                                           office assistant; James
                                                                           Crawford, MD, medical
                                                                           director. (Front row, l-r)
                                                                           Cynthia Mercurio,
                                                                           social work assistant;
                                                                           Shelley Hamilton, LCSW,
                                                                           manager; Susan Murray,
                                                                           LCSW. Seven additional
                                                                           CCp staff members are
                                                                           not pictured.

healing and protecting

     shoCK, angeR, and disBelief aRe                address this growing issue.”                        Children who are victims of abuse have
     among the emotions that paRents                    In 1997, Children’s established the         more than physical wounds to heal from.
     natuRally feel upon disCoVeRing                Center for Child Protection with Dr.            With sexual assault, the abuser is often a
     that theiR Child has Been a ViC-               Crawford as its founding director. One of       family member, teacher, coach, or friend—
     tim of sexual oR physiCal aBuse.
                                                    the CCP’s first projects was the establish-     someone who has betrayed a position of
     Their next step is often to take their child
                                                    ment of the SAfE (Sexual Assault forensic       enormous trust. Through individual and
     to a nearby Emergency Room for help. At
                                                    Evaluation) team, a dedicated group of          group play therapy, the Healing Garden

                                                                                                                                                   pHotoGrapHY BY audreY CHianG; sHelleY HaMilton
     Children’s Hospital Oakland, your child’s
                                                    compassionate medical providers who are         Project, and parent–child interaction thera-
     and your family’s specific medical, emo-
                                                    able to respond immediately when victims        py, CCP’s clinicians help children and their
     tional, and psychological needs would be
                                                    of sexual assault come to the hospital.         families recover from the most traumatic
     addressed through a very special program—
                                                        “Historically, kids coming into the ER      experience of their lives. The CCP provides
     the Center for Child Protection (CCP).
                                                    were triaged according to how sick they         a protected setting where parents can learn
         “Children’s Emergency Department
                                                    were,” explains Dr. Crawford. “So a kid         how to handle acting-out behaviors, where
     was seeing a fair number of abuse cases,”
                                                    with the sniffles would have been seen          families can address posttraumatic symp-
     explains James Crawford, MD, CCP
                                                    before a kid who was just raped, because        toms, and where children can learn to trust
     medical director. “In the mid-1990s, the
                                                    they were not ‘sick.’ With the SAfE team,       again. After a family leaves the hospital,
     hospital decided that it needed a specific
                                                    we can take care of children who have been      CCP case managers follow up with them
     department, combining expertise in social
                                                    sexually assaulted right away.”                 for weeks, months, or even years to ensure
     work and medicine, to more completely

20   Han d in Hand
                                                                                  the healing
                                                                                  garden project
                                                                                  Digging in the dirt.
                                                                                  planting a seed.
                                                                                  Watching a flower
                                                                                  grow. The Healing
                                                                                  garden project offers
                                                                                  kids an opportunity
                                                                                  to nurture and grow a
                                                                                  plant—a transformative
                                                                                  experience that may
                                                                                  help a child through
                                                                                  difficult times.

that their needs have been met.                ing colleagues I have ever worked with.”       the first Camp CCP in 2005. “They told
    Children’s CCP provides community-              He is not alone in recognizing the con-   me that camp was the highlight of their
based services for diverse populations,        tributions of the CCP staff. Of the thirteen   summer,” shares victoria. “The week of art
including immigrant families, non-             staff members at the CCP, four have been       projects, role plays, gardening, and other
English-speaking monolingual families,         nominated by their peers at Children’s         activities was a welcome change from their
and families with children who have            Hospital as Employee of the Month, and         usual summer routine, which involved
developmental disabilities, addressing each    two have been named Employee of the            only occasional trips to the park or grocery
group’s unique needs. The CCP provides         Year. victoria Anderson, LCSW, CCP             store.”
psychotherapy treatment services at the        social worker, was named 2007 Employee             Children’s Hospital’s Center for Child
South Hayward family Resource Center, at       of the Year for coming up with the idea for    Protection offers a safe haven to heal and
the Alameda County family Justice Center       a week-long summer camp, Camp CCP              grow for the children who need it the
in downtown Oakland, at three East Bay         (Creating Confident People). The camp          most. ■
public schools, and at the main campus of      helps abused children regain their confi-
Children’s Hospital.                           dence, and nurtures the development of         For more information about the CCP, visit
    “At the foundation of this department      emotionally resilient, happy kids through      www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/healthcare/
are the social workers, who make up the        group therapy and play.                        depts/ccp_overview.asp.
bulk of our staff,” says Dr. Crawford. “They        A 7-year-old boy and his 10-year-old
are the most talented, committed, and car-     sister, from a family of six kids, attended

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inside Children’s

     Ron Streitz, vice president for planned giving

     hand in hand:               hih: WHat dreW You to                hih: WHat do You Find                hih: ManY people Find
                                 CHildren’s Hospital?                 so CoMpellinG aBout                  leGaCY planninG a little
     WelCoMe to
                                 stReitz:  I’ve been fortunate to     WorKinG in tHe non-                  sCarY. HoW Can You Help
     CHildren’s Hospital                                              proFit arena?                        tHeM?
                                 work in the non-profit field for
     Foundation.                                                      stReitz:  It’s a privilege to help   stReitz:  Planning for yourself,
                                 over 30 years, most recently
     Ron stReitz: Thanks!        serving at the national head-        people realize their philan-         your family, and others you
     I just moved from New       quarters of the American Lung        thropic goals. The generosity        care about is essential, and
     York City in March and      Association as assistant vice        of those I have met throughout       ultimately very rewarding.
     am happy to be here.        president for field Revenue          my career reaffirms my faith in      Children’s can be a part of that
     While I’m still getting     Planning and Support, which          humanity and inspires me to          consideration. Listening to
     my bearings, I’m learning   included major and planned           be more generous in my own           what a donor wishes to accom-
     about the comprehensive     giving responsibilities. Pediatric   life. An example of this is an       plish would be my first step,
                                                                      85-year-old donor who started        and then we can discuss ways
     range of services that      healthcare is extremely impor-
                                 tant, and Children’s Hospital        giving to the American Lung          to help them accomplish those
     Children’s offers.
                                 Oakland is renowned for excel-       Association at age 9 with his        goals. Enabling the philan-
                                 lence in its research and clinical   paper route earnings. He had         thropic element of their vision
                                 care. I am proud to be a part        severe asthma and wanted to          is our role in gift planning.
                                 of the hospital’s mission to         support research for a cure.         Hopefully, we can help the
                                 provide outstanding, dedicated       Supporting a cause that you          donor make a gift consistent
                                 healthcare to all children.          care about is empowering,            with his or her vision, values,
                                                                      incredibly satisfying, and truly     and goals.
                                                                      effects change.

22   Han d in Hand
                                                                  ron streitz, vice president for planned giving, joined Children’s Hospital’s Foundation staff in March 2008.

                               hih: are all leGaCY plans              hih: WHat iF i reallY Want           Children’s after the lifetime of the   100 years. That service is made
                               reallY CoMpliCated?                    to MaKe a GiFt, But need             annuitants. CGAs are not insur-        possible through the generosity
                               stReitz: While    some plans may       inCoMe For MY retireMent
                                                                                                           ance policies like commercial an-      of thousands of donors. Planned
                                                                      and to proVide For MY
                               be a bit more complex, some                                                 nuities, but are first and foremost    gifts from donors of all means
                               are quite simple and can be as                                              the means to make a charitable         have helped shape and sustain
                                                                      stReitz:  It depends on your
                               easy as including Children’s in                                             gift by a donor and should be          Children’s mission, providing
                                                                      financial circumstances, but a
                               your will. Bequests are the single                                          viewed from that perspective.          many programs that would not be
                                                                      charitable gift annuity (CGA)
                               largest source of individual legacy                                                                                possible if not for the thoughtful
                                                                      may be a good choice for older       hih: tHat sounds liKe
                               gifts each year, helping ensure                                                                                    planning of so many people. ■
                                                                      donors. A CGA is a simple con-       soMetHinG tHat Would
                               the hospital’s future. Other ways
                                                                      tract between you and Children’s     HaVe a lot oF appeal.
                               of making gifts may provide im-                                                                                    For more information about
                                                                      Hospital. for example, a $10,000     stReitz:   CGAs are prob-
                               mediate tax advantages, tax-free                                                                                   charitable gift planning, with
                                                                      annuity can be funded with cash      ably the most popular form
                               payments, or more favorable                                                                                        no obligation or cost, call Ron
pHotoGrapHY BY audreY CHianG

                                                                      or stock. The donor receives an      of “life-income gift” for older
                               treatment of capital gains. A gift                                                                                 Streitz at Children’s Hospital &
                                                                      immediate tax deduction and          donors. There are many lawful,
                               can assist in retirement plan-                                                                                     Research Center Foundation:
                                                                      fixed annual payments, based         tax-advantaged ways for people
                               ning or providing for heirs while                                                                                  510-428-3361 or visit
                                                                      upon age and other factors, for      to be generous and, as a result,
                               establishing a generous legacy to                                                                                  www.chofoundation.org and
                                                                      life, and/or the life of another     channel billions of dollars to
                               Children’s. We recommend that                                                                                      click on “planned giving.”
                                                                      person. We use rates recommend-      important community programs
                               donors consult with legal or tax
                                                                      ed each year by the American         each year. Children’s Hospital has
                               professionals to make certain that
                                                                      Council on Gift Annuities. What      served hundreds of thousands
                               a gift is appropriate for their per-
                                                                      remains of the CGA passes to         of young patients for nearly
                               sonal and financial circumstances.

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inside Children’s

 we treat, we teach

                  pediatRiCs is the speCialty field              ensuring that our current subspecialists
                  of mediCine that foCuses on                    continue to lead the way in their clini-
                  the CaRe of ChildRen. Kids are                 cal disciplines. A fellowship involves
                  not pint-sized adults: their bodies are        intensive training in clinical care, as well
                  developmentally different and they need        as research.
                  specialized care. Doctors who choose               “Children’s Hospital has a national
                  to become expert in a specific area            and international reputation,” says
                  within pediatric medicine are the field’s      Caroline Hastings, MD, fellowship
                  subspecialists.                                Program director for Children’s
                      It takes a decade of training to           Hematology/Oncology department.
                  become a pediatric subspecialist. After        “People interested in pediatric medicine
                  four years of medical school, three years      want to come to Children’s because our
                  of pediatric residency, and three years        sole focus is caring for young people.”
                  of a pediatric subspecialty fellowship,            Children’s patient population
                  a doctor would be eligible to join the         represents an incredible diversity—both
                  ranks of the subspecialists in more than       ethnically and economically. And with a
                  30 disciplines at Children’s.                  world-renowned research institute and
                      Teaching is one way that Children’s        excellent clinicians skilled in treating
                  Hospital’s physicians remain at the fore-      the full spectrum of pediatric illnesses
                  front of their field. Children’s fellowship    that present at Children’s, the hospital
                  programs serve a key role in both train-       is an ideal training ground for pedi-
                  ing future pediatric subspecialists and        atric subspecialists. Not surprisingly,

     Making lung function testing easier for children
     Sebnem Ozdogan, a second-year fel-                induced asthma. Because iOS involves lit-          shares. “it’s such a common disease, and
     low in Children’s Hospital’s pulmonary            tle more than passive breathing for 30 sec-        i love the way kids respond to treatment.
     Division, is a native of istanbul, Turkey.        onds, it is an ideal test to use with young        They can get better right away.”
     “There are very few opportunities for             children. And this is what her research is               “Children’s has such a great environ-
     fellowships in pediatric pulmonary in my          about—comparing the testing of children            ment for training,” says Dr. Ozdogan. “it is
     country, so i decided to come here for my         using iOS with the testing of children us-         a very busy hospital just for children, and i
     training,” shares Dr. Ozdogan.                    ing spirometry. The latter is the traditional      see a huge diversity of patients. Children’s
         Dr. Ozdogan’s research is focused on          way to test lung function; it is dependent         has one of the strongest pulmonary
     iOS, or impulse Oscillometry, the latest          on accurate breathing technique and dif-           programs in the country, with unique
     technology for lung function testing,             ficult to administer to children.                  aspects, such as its Sleep Lab Clinic and
     which she hopes will become the new                   “When i was a pediatric resident, i be-        Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Center.”
     gold standard for assessing exercise-             came interested in asthma,” Dr. Ozdogan

24   Han d in Hand
Three of the five current hematology/oncology fellows
(l-r) Andrea Dimond, MD; Myra Mizokami, MD; and Jennifer
Michlitsch, MD, take a break from seeing clinic patients.

                                                          Children’s fellowship programs are some     the department’s fellowship director for
                                                          of the most sought-after in the country.    the past 12 years. “Many programs are
                                                              Today, Children’s currently supports    known for standing out in one aspect of
                                                          five accredited subspecialty fellowships:    the subspecialty, whereas the fellowship
                                                              • Emergency Medicine                    here is nationally known for its strength
                                                              • Hematology/Oncology                   in all three fields.”
                                                              • Infectious Diseases
                                                              • Pulmonary Medicine                    Infectious Diseases
                                                              • Critical Care Medicine                Ann Petru, MD, provided care for the
                                                                                                      first pediatric HIV/AIDS case in the
                                                          Emergency Medicine                          Bay Area in 1983. Dr. Petru was in the
                                                          Children’s Hospital has the Bay Area’s      process of completing an infectious
                                                          only Emergency Department that is           diseases fellowship at Children’s at that
                                                          completely dedicated to children and        time, and stayed on to become direc-
                                                          that is staffed 24/7 with pediatric emer-   tor of the Infectious Diseases Division’s
                                                          gency medicine specialists, and therefore   Fellowship Program.
                                                          boasts the only pediatric emergency             Infectious diseases physicians at
                                                          medicine fellowship in the region.          Children’s provide treatment for a wide
                                                          Children’s is Northern California’s         spectrum of bacterial, viral, fungal,
                                                          busiest level I Pediatric Trauma Center,    and parasitic infections. Children’s is
                                                          treating thousands of critically injured    the only pediatric hospital in the area
                                                          children annually.                          providing HIV-specific comprehensive
                                                               Established in memory of a re-         medical care and psychosocial case man-
                                                          vered emergency medicine physician,         agement services. Children’s Pediatric
                                                          the Jonathan R. Grisham Pediatric           HIV/AIDS Program also conducts
                                                          Emergency Medicine Fellowship               prenatal visits to support pregnant
                                                          Endowment Fund supports a new               women in their treatment regimens, an
                                                          fellow every other year. The division’s     effective approach to reducing maternal
                                                          current fellows are engaging in cutting-    transmission of HIV to infants.

                                                          edge research, using bedside ultrasound         The Infectious Diseases Division
                                                          to help with diagnosis.                     conducts a broad range of clinical re-
                                                                                                      search. Currently, the research includes
                                                          Hematology/Oncology                         studies of antibacterial, antifungal, and
                                                          Children’s Hematology/Oncology              antiviral drugs and pediatric vaccines.
                                                          department provides comprehensive ser-
                                                          vices for children with various forms of    Pulmonary Medicine
                                                          cancer, hemophilia, and blood diseases,     Children’s Division of Pulmonary
                                                          such as thalassemia and sickle cell dis-    Medicine treats children with a broad
                                                          ease. Children’s Sickle Cell Program is     range of breathing and respiratory
                                                          the largest in the western United States.   health problems, including asthma,
                                                              “Our training program in pediatric      recurrent coughs, respiratory infections,
                                                          hematology, oncology, and bone mar-         and congenital lung and chest disorders.
                                                          row transplantation is unique in that       Children’s is a nationally certified Cystic
                                                          it offers diverse training in all aspects   Fibrosis Treatment Center, recognized
                                                          of the subspecialty,” says Dr. Hastings,    for its excellent outcomes. In addition,

                                                                                                                            SPRING 2008      25
                                                                                                                 Eli Sills, MD, first year pulmonary
                                                                                                                 fellow, examines his young asthma
                                                                                                                 patient Zi Qing Li. Zi Qing and
                                                                                                                 her family immigrated recently
                                                                                                                 from China, and her exam was
                                                                                                                 conducted with the help of
                                                                                                                 medical translators. Dr. Sills, an
                                                                                                                 Oakland native, chose to do his
                                                                                                                 fellowship at Children’s because
                                                                                                                 “the varied clinical experience and
                                                                                                                 the diversity of patients here at
                                                                                                                 Children’s is incredible.”

     Children’s has a kids-only Sleep Lab Clinic,       learns multiple approaches to diagnosis and        easy task. In addition to the mountains of
     capable of diagnosing and treating the most        management.                                        administrative requirements, divisions must
     challenging cases of sleep apnea.                                                                     secure funding for these training programs.
         “Asthma is the number one discharge            EXPANDING CHILDREN’S                               Vipul Mankad, MD, senior vice president
     diagnosis at Children’s and keeps us busy,”        FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS                                and chief medical officer, recently met with
     says Karen Hardy, MD, division director            Children’s Hospital is setting its sights on ex-   an external group of academic physician
     and director of the Pulmonary Medicine             panding its fellowship programs into several       leaders to review graduate medical educa-
     Fellowship Program. “We see a huge volume          other divisions, including neonatology and         tion at the hospital. The group unanimously
     of patients from diverse backgrounds. We           pediatric rehabilitation.                          recommended new fellowship programs but
     work collaboratively with the internation-              “Children’s provides fellows with a very      noted the need for funding. Some divi-
     ally known cystic fibrosis researchers at           rich training,” explains James Wright, MD,         sions have been fortunate enough to receive
     Children’s research institute, as well as with     director of the Pediatric Residency Program        private donations to support their fellowship
     the other divisions within the hospital.”          and Graduate Medical Education. “Our               programs, and others are in the process of
         Pulmonary medicine fellows are research-       fellowship programs enhance the care we            seeking funds through grants and private
     ing new methods for testing lung function          deliver to patients as well as the academic        donations.
     as well as collaborating with the hospital’s       atmosphere of our hospital.”                           “Much has changed in pediatric
     Hematology/Oncology Division to look at                 Children’s pediatric rehabilitation           medicine since the inception of Children’s
     the onset of pulmonary disease in sickle cell      team treats patients such as Christopher           Hospital in 1912,” says Dr. Mankad. “We
     patients.                                          Rodriguez, a 10-year-old who was paralyzed         are proud to have trained more than 1,000
                                                        by a stray bullet during his piano lesson.         general pediatricians. The training of subspe-
     Pediatric Critical Care Medicine                   Christopher spent more than two months             cialty fellows enhances our ability to conduct
     Children’s Hospital Oakland has teamed with        with Children’s pediatric rehabilitation team      translational and clinical research and
     the University of California, San Francisco,       because of his spinal cord injury. Only 11         prepare the best and brightest to address the
     to offer a joint fellowship program in pedi-       pediatric rehabilitation fellowships exist in      challenging health problems of children.” ■
     atric critical care medicine. Approximately        the entire country, with none west of Denver.
     one-third of Children’s critical care patient           “We take care of all of Northern              For more information about Children’s training

                                                                                                                                                            PHOTOGRAPHY BY AUDREY CHIANG
     population comes from other hospitals,             California’s major rehabilitation needs for        programs, visit www.childrenshospitaloakland.
     which rely on the expertise and experience of      children,” Jacob Neufeld, MD, medical              org and click on “medical education.”
     the staff at Children’s Hospital Oakland to        director of Children’s Division of Pediatric       For more information on how you can provide
     handle the most challenging cases.                 Rehabilitation, shares. “Fellows could             endowed support for fellowship programs at
         Fellows in this program are exposed to         conduct research on cerebral palsy, spina          Children’s, contact Margaret Gutowski, vice
     the complete spectrum of pediatric dis-            bifida, spinal cord injury, and any number          president for philanthropy and campaign direc-
     eases requiring intensive care management.         of trauma issues, as well as do stem cell          tor, at 510-428-3885, ext. 3510.
     Through interaction with a wide diversity of       research. This is my hope and vision.”
     subspecialists at both institutions, the trainee        Establishing a fellowship program is no

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June 6th
new pixaR moVie sneaK peeK
Be one of the first to see the next new pixar
animated blockbuster, Wall•E, to be released
this summer. each year, pixar animation                                                                 Copia, the american Center for Wine, Food,
studios generously opens their facility for a                                                           and the arts
sneak preview of their latest movie as a benefit      septemBeR 22
to Children’s Hospital. Wall•E is a story about       sCoRe foRe Kids golf ClassiC                      noVemBeR 1
the last little robot on earth, who falls in love     pack up your golf gear and join us at the         eRiKa’s dReam auCtion
with eve, a robot from a probe sent to investi-       Claremont Country Club in oakland for             sip a glass of wine in support of Children’s
gate on earth. it opens in theaters on June 27.       Children’s annual score Fore Kids Golf Classic,   Hospital at Copia in napa Valley this fall. the
                                                      an event that has earned a reputation as the      evening’s events will include silent and live
                                                      finest golf tournament in the east Bay. since     auctions, dinner, and dancing. all proceeds
                                                      2003, score Fore Kids has raised more than $1.1   from erika’s dream auction will benefit Katie’s
                                                      million for Children’s Hospital oakland.          Clinic for rett syndrome at Children’s Hospital
                                                                                                        oakland. erika Van Giesen has rett syndrome,
                                                                                                        and her parents are spearheading this event to
July 13, 2 - 5 p.m.                                                                                     raise both funds for and awareness about this
RuBBeR duCKy deRBy                                                                                      rare neurological disorder, which has autism-
More than 15,000 rubber ducks will race the waters of oak Hill park in                                  like symptoms and affects only girls. Children’s
danville to raise funds for Children’s Hospital and win prizes for their                                is one of only a handful of treatment centers
sponsors. Hosted this year by the rowan Branch, the rubber ducky derby                                  in the world to offer specialized care for rett
has been held since 1991 and is now a Bay area must-go-to event. this                                   syndrome patients.
afternoon of family fun includes food, music, a children’s carnival, and
entertainment by asheba, a local children’s musician, entertainer, singer, and songwriter.

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