Walk and Play with us!
Friends and Family,
We are excited to be part of the third annual Walk and Play L.A. on June 22nd in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
This year, we are fundraising for the Audrey Hepburn CARES center.
The Audrey Hepburn CARES Center provides services for suspected victims of child abuse and their families. The team’s medical experts provide comprehensive medical evaluations for suspected child abuse cases in the hospital, from sexual and physical abuse to neglect and HIV-infected victims. Among its patients are children with developmental disabilities, who are at a statistically higher risk of abuse.
Unfortunately, the incidence of child abuse continues to rise in Los Angeles. The number of child abuse cases evaluated at Children's Hospital Los Angeles also is on the increase. Reflecting local statistics, the hospital reports over 500 suspected cases of abuse annually. Sexual abuse comprises 42 percent of these cases.
Tragically, each year approximately 30 to 35 victims of child abuse lose their lives in Los Angeles County – 85 percent are younger than age five and 43 percent are younger than the age of one. The Audrey Hepburn CARES Center confronts these alarming statistics with a multifaceted program of evaluation, treatment, prevention, education and research.
The Audrey Hepburn CARES Center engages in prevention, education and research activities designed to educate the community in order to:
- Accurately identify child abuse when it happens
- Assist community healthcare organizations in providing compassionate and developmentally-appropriate care
- Improve the initial treatment and after-care provided for victims
To do this, the Center provides training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and within the community in all aspects of child maltreatment, including preventive efforts. Members also identify and pursue independent research projects focused on child abuse trends and prevention.
I hope you’ll join us and help support our fundraising efforts! Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Donate to our page to help us reach our fundraising goal.
- Join us and create your own fundraising page for Walk and Play L.A.!
- Spread the word and share our page and cause with your friends and family members. We appreciate all donations, no matter the amount.
Thank you for supporting our cause!
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