No Stress for Christmas


“We’ve been stressing out, wondering what are we going to do for Christmas, but now we don’t have to worry,” exhales Michiko Walker. Walker came to the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital holiday party with her husband and their 14-month-old son, Anoki Walker. She continues, “It’s awesome that the hospital does so much for the kids who are here. Anokie has a heart condition. He had Ventricular Septal Defect, so we came here for his open-heart surgery. He has a great cardiac team.” Nodding, father Chey Walker, adds, “The staff has been incredible, the way they are with my son is amazing. I feel comfortable leaving my baby with strangers. I’m glad that my son is here.”