Toyota Of Huntington Beach Joins Childrens Hospital Orange County for the Minnie Walk and donated ComfyCozy’s For Chemo appeal to young warriors battling cancer.
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Young patients, families take a ‘Minnie Walk’ at CHOC
The patients, all young kids, smiled as they exited the elevator onto the second floor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, right into the waiting arms of Minnie Mouse.
Minnie was there to lead the kids on the “Minnie Walk” at the hospital Wednesday morning.
“It’s really more of a festival,” said Zach Abrams, CHOC’s senior director of special events. “We created it just for the young patients who can’t really take part in the CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland.”
The Walk in the Park takes place Oct. 30, and the “Minnie Walk” was one of many events and fundraisers done in the months before the main event. The walk is a major fundraising event for the hospital and draws nearly 15,000 participants.
The “Minnie Walk,” which is more of a stroll, takes place on the second floor in the Disney Family Lobby, an area created just for patients and families. During the two-hour event, patients walk around, visiting booths from CHOC’s many corporate sponsors where the young patients, many with debilitating diseases or other life-threatening issues, get the chance to receive things like candy, snacks, toys and even a slice of pie from Polly’s Pies.
Many of the young patients walking Wednesday were missing hair and were plugged into portable IV units that rolled along with them, but their first and frequently last stop, was for a visit with Minnie Mouse.
“She has been here every year and always brings a smile to many of the kids’ faces,” Abrams said.
The CHOC Walk in the Park, which is a 5-kilometer walk, takes place on Oct. 30. this year, many of the participants will be allowed to wear costumes. For more information on the walk, go to its website. https://www.chocwalk.org/