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Disney's Kenton Duty to host 12th annual 5K to benefit Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
Date: 05/11/2011
Contact: Amy Albin
WHAT: 
Actor Kenton Duty, from the Disney Channel series "Shake It Up!", will host the 12th annual UCLA 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Chase Child Life program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. In addition to the 5-kilometer run/walk through the UCLA campus, the student-organized event will feature live entertainment, a silent auction, exciting prizes, and activities for kids, including a bounce-ball station and face painting. Last year's event raised $50,000, and the students aim to double that amount this year.
 
WHEN: 
Sunday, May 15
 
• 8  a.m.: opening ceremonies
• 8:30  a.m.: 5K run/walk begins 
 
WHERE: 
Wilson Plaza, 308 Westwood Plaza, UCLA campus (map)
 
PHOTO | INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
 
• Actor Kenton Duty
• UCLA student organizers
• Chase Child Life staff
• Hundreds of participants, including students, medical staff and patients
 
INFORMATION: 
For more information or to register to participate in the 5K event, please visit www.bruinrunwalk.com.
 
BACKGROUND:
The Chase Child Life Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is staffed by child life specialists who are part of an interdisciplinary, family-centered model of care. They focus on the social, emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children by communicating accurate and age-specific information, identifying potential stressors, and planning and practicing coping strategies. UCLA's program offers a variety of specialized services, including therapeutic intervention (music, dance, and art therapy and medical play); pre-hospitalization visits for children and their families; developmental preparation and support before, during and after medical procedures; supervision of the children's playroom, state-of-the-art teen lounge and family resource room; organization of special events that entertain and engage children and families; and much more. Established in 1968, UCLA's program was one of the first of its kind in the nation and continues to be a model for other medical centers. 
 
CONTACT:   
Lauren Wada, student public relations representative for the UCLA 5K Run/Walk
laurenwada@gmail.com | 650-906-7653 (cell)
 
PARKING:  
Media should call contact to arrange parking.