Greetings, dear readers! As September begins to slowly wind down and we head into October, I wanted to take a moment to talk about one of my favorite events taking place at the Disneyland Resort. In all honesty, it has very little to to with Disney, but is something near and dear to many, and is something I’d love to see get more publicity and participation. For more information, I’ve included a little Q&A below:
What exactly is CHOC?
CHOC stands for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, one of the best children’s hospitals as named by U.S. News and World Report. From the CHOC website:
“For more than 45 years, CHOC Children’s has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, our regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 279-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.”
What is the CHOC Walk in the Park?
CHOC “Walk in the Park,” presented by Disneyland Resort, is the largest and most unique single pediatric walk event in the nation. Among the event’s estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from across the U.S. and around the world, including walkers from Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.
“CHOC Walkers” come together to celebrate the lives of children saved by CHOC Children’s, and to honor the memory of those children who bravely lost their battle against serious disease or illness. Nearly 800 teams are expected, and include current and former patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Last year’s event raised $2.1 million, and since its inception 24 years ago in 1990, the Walk has raised more than $22 million.
The 2014 walk covers three miles through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park where “CHOC Walkers” get a special peek at the magic of the Disneyland Resort before the parks open to the general public. At the end of the 5k walk, the event continues in the resort’s Downtown Disney District where event sponsors, hospital support groups, shops and restaurants have special offers for Walk participants.
“The Disneyland Resort has been a proud supporter of Children’s Hospital Orange County for the past 50 years,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “CHOC ‘Walk in the Park’ is a very special event for our Cast Members, and we look forward to hosting it for the 13th straight year.”
The popular event is the biggest annual fundraising effort for CHOC Children’s, a regional pediatric health care system (serving children and families in Southern California and beyond) that includes two hospitals, many primary and specialty care clinics, and four clinical centers of excellence – the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. Monies raised support a variety of patient and family programs, as well as education, research and the development and adoption of the latest technologies to advance the health of patients at CHOC Children’s. – via CHOC Walk in the Park Press Realease
For more information, visit the official CHOC Walk in the Park website, “like” their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter.
How can I participate?
You can participate by clicking here to register online to walk as an individual, team member, or create a team to walk with. Each walker needs to raise $50 to walk, and space is limited – the walk fills to capacity every year!
Does Confessions Of A DisNerd have a team?
While I would love to form a team to participate in the future, there will not be a Confessions team this year. Due to location (Not SoCal) and other circumstances, I will not be around to participate. However, this year, Confessions is STRONGLY encouraging those who want to join a team, to partner with another great Disney centered site, Daps Magic. Robert and his team have been participating in the CHOC Walk for several years, and welcome new team members and donations to their team as well. If you choose to sign up with their team, tell them Confessions sent you!
Side note: Daps Magic is truly a great site: positive, informative, and fun. Their Geeks Corner Podcast is great, too – be sure to check them out!
I can’t join either, but would like to donate toward the walk, is this possible?
Of course! Once again, I highly encourage you to support Team Daps Magic if you are unsure of who to donate to, but would like to make a difference. And make a difference you will.
On a personal note, I realize not everyone is able to donate or participate, and this is fine – we all do what we can where we can. Well wishes for those walking or fundraising really do mean a lot as well! I do encourage, however, all readers to go out and make a difference in their community by participating in walks, encouraging others, volunteering and supporting in any way you can. If you read this blog, you’re more than just a fellow “DisNerd”; you’re a fellow human being who can make a difference!