I’m lacing up my walking shoes this weekend and joining the annual CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland this weekend. Not only is this an excellent fundraiser, but for myself and my daughter who are walking, it’s personal. CHOC at Mission is where two of my children were born and where my daughter delivered an angel. I cannot say enough things about the level of care and compassion that we have experienced there. We’re honored to be walking with media on Sunday. Here’s some information about the event and the CHOC Rock’N Luau on Saturday night.
Eager fundraising walkers anticipate stepping off on Sunday, August 26, for the always inspirational CHOC “Walk in the Park,” presented by the Disneyland Resort. The 5k event is the largest and most unique pediatric fundraiser in the nation.
Ancillary fundraising events and activities throughout the summer culminate in the impressive event as it kicks off at sunrise on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park.
“Of all the traditions that we celebrate at the Disneyland Resort, the most meaningful are those that support our community,” said Josh D’Amaro, president of the Disneyland Resort. “That is why we are so proud to host “CHOC Walk in the Park again this year. Our founder, Walt Disney, helped establish CHOC, and it is with great pride that we continue his legacy of being an active and caring corporate neighbor.”
Now in its 28th year, the 2018 walk features major fundraising efforts and events presented and supported by the Disneyland Resort throughout the summer, including the “Minnie Walk” at CHOC Children’s that celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
The annual “Minnie Walk” is a private event at CHOC Children’s Hospital created exclusively for patients who are unable to participate in CHOC Walk at the Disneyland Resort. Patients and their families enjoyed meeting and greeting Minnie Mouse, plus experiencing fun booths and experiences created just for them by CHOC Walk sponsors, participants, and the Disneyland Resort.
On Saturday night, prior to the CHOC walk, walkers and friends can carbo load at the CHOC Rock’N Luau It’s a mid-century modern blast to the past hard-ticket fundraiser, and kick-off to CHOC Walk in the Park weekend during a fun and lively indoor luau at the all-new Splitsville Luxury Lanes in the Downtown Disney District.
On Sunday, August 26 the CHOC “Walk in the Park” begins at 6:15 a.m., participants will walk approximately three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park before they open to the public.
The walk culminates in the Downtown Disney District, where sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers just for walkers. This event brings the community together for one single goal – to raise funds for health care programs, education and research for Southern California’s kids.
Among the CHOC Walk’s estimated 14,000 walkers and 650 teams are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan. Money raised supports CHOC Children’s programs and services in the greatest need.
“Each year all of us at CHOC Children’s look forward with excitement to CHOC Walk, as presented by our good friends at the Disneyland Resort,” said Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children’s. “This yearly event is an unforgettable experience where hope, love, compassion, and remembrance, are celebrated by our patients – current and former – and their families, as well our dedicated doctors, nurses and other medical staff, plus the incredible and supportive ‘Cast Members’ of the Disneyland Resort.”
Event and registration information can be found at www.chocwalk.org and real-time event information can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. The social media hashtag is #chocwalk
The Disneyland Resort has always been a part of CHOC Walk, since its inception in 1990. In partnership with the Disneyland Resort, CHOC Children’s has raised over $32 million dollars to date!
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018), CHOC Children’s is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.