Please support the CHLA Dog Therapy Program!!
Many of you are aware that Bonner, Gordon & Willow volunteer at CHLA weekly and before them I had Bruce and Bobbi. We have been volunteering for eleven years now and my dogs have seen thousands of patients, family members and CHLA employees bringing smiles and helping with pain management and rehabilitation
Bruce – was my first therapy dog and one of the first dogs to work the rehabilitation department at CHLA. On his very first visit he jumped on a bed with a young boy suffering from high blood pressure. His mom volunteered this information and told me she could see his blood pressure going down on the machine the minute Bruce laid down next to her son. I was immediately hooked on dog therapy. Recently, Tim was getting brakes on the dog van and there was a picture of Bruce on the cash register. A mom waiting for her car called her daughter over to show her the card. Her daughter has spent years at CHLA and had many visits with Bruce. She couldn’t express how much the visits helped her daughter when she was in the hospital and they both just kept saying thank you.
Bobbi – the most common quote about Bobbi in rehab was “she makes my pain go away”. She didn’t play soccer or do tricks like Bruce, she just hung out and let kids decorate her with hairclips, necklaces and stickers.
Bonner – he’s been visiting since he was six months old and will be turning nine on August 8th this year. He is just a loveable giant that followed in Bobbi’s footsteps and has a fan club of doctors, nurses and patients that tops all of my dog's popularity put together.
Gordon – he’s been visiting for three years now. He is famous for his wave hello, playing soccer and jumping on beds, all 180 pounds. I have three favorite quotes about Gordon. 1) from an 11-year-old boy “his eyes are melting my heart” 2) from a staff member "if only a man would look at me the way the way Gordon does" 3) from a teenage girl “he looks like he is trying to say I love you".
Willow – she has been visiting for one year now and makes everyone smile that sees her. She had to have a kidney removed at five months old and likes to make regular visits to the dialysis center. Her personality is described as delightful and happy.
These are my stories, but there are many more like mine. There are now over one hundred dogs in the Dog Therapy program at CHLA. Every dog and their owner are volunteers and the program runs strictly on donations.
Please help me reach my goal to raise $7500 for the CHLA Pet Therapy Program. Willow and I will be walking with my friend Mckenna Fulton. Mckenna is only ten years old but has spent countless hours raising money for the Dog Therapy program!!
More children receive care from CHLA than any other hospital in the region—and often CHLA comes to the rescue for children when other hospitals run out of medical options for their care. Walk LA is the walk that supports the only hospital solely dedicated to the health of children in Los Angeles.
I hope you’ll join me, Mckenna and Willow at the walk and help support my fundraising efforts with a donation to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many young patients and their families. Any amount, great or small, will be greatly appreciated and will help us create hope and build healthier futures for the families of Southern California and beyond.
Thank you, Dorothy
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