Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Fundraising Partnership With Kohl’s Raises $260,000

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Suzie Reinsvold, COO, Miller Children’s (center) joins Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program, (3rd from right), and Danny Luna, Miller Children’s Injury Prevention Coordinator (4th from right) to receive a check to help fund pediatric injury prevention initiatives in Long Beach from Kohl’s Department store managers.

Suzie Reinsvold, COO, Miller Children’s (center) joins Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program, (3rd from right), and Danny Luna, Miller Children’s Injury Prevention Coordinator (4th from right) to receive a check to help fund pediatric injury prevention initiatives in Long Beach from Kohl’s Department store managers.

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach recently held its 3rd Annual iWalk…4 Kids bringing together community members, doctors, nurses, former and current patients to participate in the 5K walk to raise money for the program of their choice. The three-mile walk brought the community together to celebrate and support critical programs and research initiatives at Miller Children’s.

With more than 900 people in attendance, representing a 65 percent growth since 2012, this year’s iWalk…4 Kids was the most successful yet. Along with the bump in attendance there was a 40 percent increase in donations since last year putting the total donations on the day of the walk at more than $70,000. Many of the programs and specialty centers at Miller Children’s would not continue without the help of philanthropic efforts.

In addition to the funds raised by iWalk teams and contributors, representatives from Kohl’s® Department Stores and the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program presented a check for $196,237 to continue the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program, Keeping Kids Safe, at Miller Children’s. The Keeping Kids Safe Program was established to expand the childhood safety programs of Miller Children’s further into the community and help to educate and keep kids safe.

“The 3rd Annual iWalk…4 Kids was a huge success in raising funds to support patient programs and to help purchase critical items like breast milk transport bags, iPads and art supplies for patients at the hospital,” says Brett Beck, major gifts director, Memorial Medical Center Foundation. “Funds donated through the Kohl’s Cares® program support childhood safety education and help supply all area children with free safety gear, such as bike helmets and reflective backpacks.”

The Keeping Kids Safe Program allows Miller Children’s to promote childhood safety in the community and helps to educate and keep kids safe once discharged from the hospital. Thanks to the Keeping Kids Safe Program, Miller Children’s is able to provide car seats to families who don’t have them upon discharge and loan special Spica Cast car seat’s to families of children who have oversized casts. Funds from Keeping Kids Safe also supplies children with helmets certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and supplies families with educational materials promoting preventative care, such as: passenger, bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Funds donated by Kohl’s were raised through a partnership between Miller Children’s and Kohl’s Cares. The Kohl’s Cares hospital program was introduced in 2000 to reinforce Kohl’s commitment to the communities they serve and promote children’s health initiatives. Kohl’s supports more than 160 children’s hospitals nationwide through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program which has raised more than $257 million for children’s health and education initiatives.

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach patient, Brandon, and his team of supporters show off their team pride at the 3rd annual iWalk…4 Kids.

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach patient, Brandon, and his team of supporters show off their team pride at the 3rd annual iWalk…4 Kids.

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