Disney's Kenton Duty to host 12th annual 5K to benefit Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
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 UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. 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.
Sunday, May 15
• 8 a.m.: opening ceremonies
• 8:30 a.m.: 5K run/walk begins
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
For more information or to register to participate in the 5K event, please visit www.bruinrunwalk.com.
The Chase Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital 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.
Lauren Wada, student public relations representative for the UCLA 5K Run/Walk
[email protected] | 650-906-7653 (cell)
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