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For highlights of 2012, read on our Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Year in Review. In this update, you will read about our new hospitalist program, the next generation of faculty leaders, and the inspiring philanthropy of donors of all ages.

OneWest Foundation grant bolsters pediatric diabetes program

OneWest Foundation has demonstrated its generous support to improve children's lives in the focus area of pediatric diabetes by awarding a $300,000 gift to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. The three-year commitment will enable the hospital's Pediatric Diabetes Program to educate underserved families on healthy living and provide comprehensive clinical services to the growing population of Los Angeles metropolitan area children with diabetes.

The OneWest Foundation grant will help underwrite the cost of the hospital's team approach to pediatric diabetes care and help increase the number of patients served by 10 percent. The pediatric diabetes clinic currently serves more than 600 children, with more than 65 percent of them being members of low- to moderate-income families. Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is one of the few providers that accept patients despite their ability to pay.

OneWest Foundation is the philanthropic branch of OneWest Bank, led by Steven Mnuchin, Chairman of the Bank. "Steven Mnuchin and the Foundation's commitment to support the important lifestyle education arm of our effort is gratefully acknowledged and vital to children developing the skills to manage their own diabetes," said Dr. Kuk-Wha Lee, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Interim Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

In April 2013, Mnuchin and his wife, Heather, were honored at the Kaleidoscope Ball with the Philanthropic Leadership Award for their outstanding charitable support and leadership. The inaugural event, presented by Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, raised more than $1.8 million to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute.

Lemonade Stand benefits pediatric patientsLemonade Stand benefits pediatric patients

Four local girls -- Yasmin, 9, Camille, 6, Jacqueline, 9, and Alexandra, 7-- sold lemonade, cookies, and water during their winter break from school to raise money for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and City of Hope. Their efforts netted $400.

According to Yasmin's and Camille's mom, Sharona Shenassa, it all started when her daughters wanted to do something to thank Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for the excellent care provided to their sick grandfather. Sharona stated, "The girls were very specific that they wanted the proceeds to go to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, located in the medical center and we are inspired and hope to raise more for many years to come!"

THANK YOU to Yasmin, Camille, Jacqueline, and Alexandra for sharing this amazing story and for demonstrating such generosity!


Learn more about how you can get involved with the following programs:

Support Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA - We invite your support of our efforts to provide the best medical care possible to sick and injured children.

Today's and Tomorrow's Children Fund (TTCF) - become a TTCF member and make an important difference in the work of a talented UCLA Pediatrics faculty member whose cutting edge research benefits the boys and girls at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

Mattel Party on the Pier - Party on the Pier is one of the major annual fundraising events for Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

Bruin Kids Club - The UCLA Bruin Kids Club presented by Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is an exclusive membership club for kids ages 13 and younger.

Donating toys - to donate toys for our young patients, please see the Child Life / Child Development Wish list. If you have questions about toy donations, please contact the Child Life / Child Development office at (310) 267-9440.

Volunteering - information on volunteering at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA can be found at www.uclahealth.org/volunteer.  If you have questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Services office at (310) 267-8180.

Contact us

Danielle Dietz, Assistant Director of Development, ddietz@support.ucla.edu (310) 267-1852
Shannon Elliott, Development Assistant, selliott@support.ucla.edu (310) 206-7912
Tyler Varing, Development Assistant, tvaring@support.ucla.edu (310) 267-1831

For appointments, please call: (310) 825-0867
For a physician referral, please call: (800) UCLA-MD1 or (800)825-2631
You may also email us at pedsinfo@mednet.ucla.edu