LLU Children’s Hospital offers variety of activities for patients
What do you call a six-year old boy who makes greeting cards, bookmarks and picture frames to sell so he can buy teddy bears to give to hospitalized children? You call him Jacob Fish, of course! So far, Jacob has donated 165 bears to the patients of LLU Children’s Hospital and he’s just getting started.
What’s up at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital? All kinds of good things!
Let’s start with Jacob Fish and his bears. Although he’s only six years old, Jacob is already a dynamic ambassador for children. Call Jacob an entrepreneur, volunteer, or philanthropist, just be sure to thank God for giving him such a compassionate heart.
Jacob informed his mom one afternoon that he felt sorry for children in the hospital and wanted to do something to help them. “I think they need to have teddy bears to play with,” he told her. So Jacob went to work thinking up imaginative ways to make money to buy bears.
Stacy Fish tells the story of how her son mobilized his creativity into making money to buy bears. “He makes greeting cards,” she begins, “for birthdays, holidays, and weddings. He also makes bookmarks and picture frames out of craft foam to hang on your refrigerator. Then he sells them. I run youth softball tournaments, so he sets up a booth there. He also goes to farmer’s markets and craft fairs.”
Once he raises the money, Jacob goes to the local Build-A-Bear Workshop in his community. Stacy says they know him by name when he walks in. He and his friends—including his pal, Andrew, who accompanied Jacob on his latest trip to LLU Children’s Hospital—save Build-A-Bear coupons to cut down on expenses. And the people at the store keep a large box where they save discounted and discontinued items
Carol Hartnell knows how to party! The grandmother of 12 recently coordinated the biggest birthday bash in the history of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for her pal Luke the Lion.
, demo bears and bear clothing for Jacob. It’s all designed to help him maximize his return on his hard-earned dollars to benefit hospitalized children.
Is it paying off? Let’s just say that since Jacob began delivering bears to LLUCH last August, Jacob has gifted the children here with 165 bears, all dressed to the nines in matching outfits. On his most recent visit, Jacob brought 30 new bears.
Want to help Jacob purchase more bears? Send him an e-mail at <azfish
firstname.lastname@example.org> to find out when and where he will be selling his cards, bookmarks and picture frames.
Kannan Harrington is to golf what Jacob Fish is to teddy bears. When he was six months old, Baby Kannan—pronounced “cannon”—had cardiothoracic surgery at LLU Children’s Hospital. Kannan is the “celebrity” benefactor of the Kannan Invitational golf tournament. His parents, Bob and Kavitha Harrington, are owners of U.S. Tournament Golf—check their website at <www.ustournamentgolf.com>—so it only seemed natural for Kannan to host the competition to benefit other hospitalized children. This year marked the third annual installment of the tournament. In 2007, the event raised $8,000 for Children’s Hospital and this year, the tally—so far; it’s still being tallied—is more than $6,000. How will the money be used?
“The proceeds go directly to playrooms and safe zones in the pediatrics wing,” Kavitha Harringt
Kannan Harrington takes his mom and dad, Kavitha and Bob, out for a spin at the third annual Kannan invitational golf tournament at Sierra Lakes in Fontana. Kannan had heart surgery at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital as a baby. Now that he’s three, he donates the proceeds from the charity event that bears his name to help other hospitalized children.
on says. “Kids can go into these rooms to read books, play with toys and video games and be with other kids. No doctors, nurses, or needles are allowed in playrooms and safe zones.”
Even though he’s only three, Kannan knows what he wants to be when he grows up: he tells his mom and dad that he wants to be just like Tiger Woods! If the picture of Kannan riding around in a golf cart with his parents is any indication, it looks like his career is right on track.
Kannan’s not the only one who knows that golf raises money for kids. Over the past six years, Marriott International and the Palm Springs Marriott Business Council have successfully raised more than $155,000 for LLU Children’s Hospital. The 2008 tournament alone brought in a total of $25,000. Monies raised by the Marriott Desert Charities Invitational are being used to support the purchase of pediatric cardiac monitors for the Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit as well as advanced pediatric life support programs and other pediatric health care needs.
Dragsters and hot rods are another way to shower kids with love, even if they’re noisier. On Thursday, June 5, 2008, Steve Hertel, executive director of traffic and parking at Loma Linda University Health Services, tapped his buddies in the automotive sports industries to bring the heavy artillery to the parking lot in front of Children’s Hospital. And bring it they did! Altogether, Race Car Thursday, as the event was called, brought racecars, dragsters and high performance trucks from the NHRA, CORR, and NASCAR to Children’s Hospital.
The results were electrifying! Kids got to climb on, sit in, and imagine themselves at the races. “We just wanted to give the kids something to take their minds off the treatment and put smiles on their faces,” Mr. Hertel notes.
Steve’s wife Denise serves the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild as membership chair. She says Steve “began turning wrenches on race engines when he was 15,” and reports he has “helped build engines for a number of legendary race car drivers” including Dave Kempton, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. While Steve may be reluctant to boast of his accomplishments, Denise is happy to report that the couple met at the 1988 Long Beach Gran Prix where Steve served as director of operations for the Gran Prix Association of Long Beach.
When it came time for Luke the Lion’s birthday this year, members of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild knew they had to do something special to make the occasion as fun and memorable as possible for Luke and his buddies, the patients of LLU Children’s Hospital. So they turned to Carol Hartnell, author of the acclaimed children’s book, More than a Pinch, Less than a Bee Sting, for help.
The grandmother of 12 knew just what to do. She flew into action planning the perfect party for Luke. First, she hired the Wonderelles, a classic ’50s and ’60s musical revue, to sing at the soiree. Then she recruited members of a local car club to bring eight classic automobiles from the 1930s through the 1960s to the event. Then she arranged for a fire truck to show up just in case Luke and his fellow celebrants needed a little more excitement.
But Mr. Hartnell wasn’t finished. With a lot of help from her friends from the Guild, she decorated the lobby in a Fab ’50s theme replete with a colorful diner and a couple of retro-looking activity centers where Luke’s guests could color and paste stickers. She also set up a table where she could sign copies of her book as well as a special commemorative booklet she produced for the occasion titled Luke the Lion’s Fab Fifties Activity Book.
To top everything off, Ms. Hartnell arranged for a representative of Hansen’s Natural to give away free fruit juices and sodas in the lobby, and for a booth from K-FROG 95.1 FM to broadcast live from the parking lot.
Needless to say, Luke was proud of his birthday celebrations! Even so, he still isn’t talking about his age. “That’s not the sort of question one should ask the King of Beasts,” notes Eloise Habacost, president of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild.
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, why not stop in and see what’s happening at LLU Children’s Hospital? There’s so much going on, even Luke has a hard time keeping up with it all!
By James Ponder