Miller Children’s Patients Enjoy Dunking Doctors in Water Tank During Fundraiser

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Onlookers watch as a patient nearly misses dunking Chris Babbitt, M.D., medical director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Miller Children's, in a 500 gallon water tank to kick-off fundraising for Miller Children's iWalk…4 Kids.

Onlookers watch as a patient nearly misses dunking Chris Babbitt, M.D., medical director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Miller Children’s, in a 500 gallon water tank to kick-off fundraising for Miller Children’s iWalk…4 Kids.

A crowd gathered outside of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach on Thursday, July 24 to watch pediatric patients attempt to submerge their doctors in a 500 gallon water tank. The special “dunk-a-doc” event kicked-off fundraising for the only hospital-wide fundraiser held by Miller Children’s – its annual 5k iWalk…4 Kids on Sunday, Oct. 5.

“Doctors like to have fun too,” says Divya Joshi, M.D., chief medical officer, Miller Children’s, who was the first doctor to volunteer. “Working at Miller Children’s is a lot like being part of a big family. I believe our doctors and staff chose to work with children because they enjoy working together for children in a close-knit and caring environment. Community events such as iWalk…4 Kids bring patients, families and the community closer together to raise funds for an important cause in an entertaining way.”

The family feeling was apparent. Parents and siblings joined in the dunking fun; even some staff members took their best shot at the doctors.

Chris Babbitt, M.D., medical director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Miller Children’s, was the second doctor to get in the tank. “I’m here to support our kids and let them have a break from everything that they might be going through,” says Babbitt. “My family and I participate in iWalk…4 Kids every year because we believe in the cause and want to see it continue to grow bigger and better every year.”

iWalk…4 Kids raises money for critical programs, services and research initiatives that support infants, kids, teens and expectant moms in ways that only a children’s hospital, like Miller Children’s, can provide.

iWalk…4 Kids is on Sunday, Oct. 5 and will start at the Queen Mary Events Park and circle over the Queensway Bridge and Shoreline Aquatic Park. The walk will conclude with a family fun fest featuring games and music. Kids 10 and under are free to participate and general registration is $25. To register, visit iWalk4Kids.org.

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