Welcome to Olivia's Team Walk and Play L.A. page! We are excited to be part of the second annual Walk and Play L.A. in support of the mission of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Olivia was born with congenital heart and lung disease, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and scimitar syndrome. She was transferred to CHLA two days after being born and was there for 2 months and 3 days. She fought till the last minute but even with the help of excellent doctors and nurses, her lungs failed her.
We would like to honor her by raising awareness for these congenital issues. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) occurs in 1 in every 2500 babies. Roughly 50% survive. It occurs when the diapragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung development. There is no known cause for CDH and it is as common as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fribrosis, yet CDH receives virtually no exposure and only a fraction of the research funding. CDH is not rare and not a disease, it is a birth defect with no cure.
Olivia was the bravest and strongest person we will ever meet. She was feisty and had the loveliest eyes. Richard and I will be forever proud and love her unconditionally.
Please help us reach our goal and support the amazing work of CHLA!
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.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Join our team at Walk and Play L.A. and create your own fundraising page
- Donate to a team member using the list at the right and help us reach our fundraising goal.
Your charitable gift will make a difference in the lives of many young patients and their families. Any amount, big or small, will be greatly appreciated and will help us create hope and build healthier futures for the families of Southern California and beyond.
Richard & Lihue