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Loma Linda University Children's Hospital news

Verizon presents $20,000 check for sick students at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Christian Borden takes a picture of the $20,000 check Verizon presented to LLUCH.
Christian Borden (front in red), 7, takes a picture of the $20,000 check Verizon presented to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Representatives from Verizon presented a check for $20,000 to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to fund a technology program called “Capture the Moment” for sick students at the hospital. The money will provide digital cameras and software for the patients to learn about photography and technology as part of their in-hospital curriculum. The presentation took place on March 3, in the Children’s Hospital cafeteria.

“We want to continue this partnership and to make a difference in the community,” said Becky McCurdy, director of customer operations for Verizon.

Herb Fischer, PhD, San Bernardino County superintendent of schools, was present and offered his congratulations for the Children’s Hospital learning program.

“When the Foundation and Joyce [Volsch] approached me about a group of kids at risk not only for their health, but in losing a great education, I was honored to be a part of this project,” said Dr. Fischer. “Your hospital is a treasure.”

Lee Anne Reynolds, teacher at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, is implementing the “Capture the Moment” program with the money from Verizon.

“The thing you can’t put a price on is the joy the kids have, and we are already seeing that,” stated Ms. Reynolds. “We plan to integrate the cameras and pictures the kids take into our curriculum with writing and math and science.”

Two patients from Children’s Hospital were at the check presentation—9-year-old Michael Pettit and 7-year-old Christian Borden.

“This was the first time I’d taken a picture with a camera,” said Michael, who documented the event with one of the classroom’s previous cameras. He is really excited to begin using the digital cameras once they arrive.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, March 23, 2006