The NCL Juniors ladies hold a charity auction every year to benefit the Children's Cancer & Blood Diseases Program, a joint venture between The Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Ventura County Medical Center. Children with cancer and other diseases that lived in Ventura county would have to spend everyday traveling from Ventura to Los Angeles for treatment...which meant they had no life.
This hospital was created so all these kids could be close to home and their family and friends. Hearing the people get up and talk about how their child was diagnosed with cancer and after a year of driving non-stop, they lost their children to this disease made me really want to help.
One guy told us that when their child was at UCLA for treatment, Leonardo DiCaprio stopped by to visit the kids...the kids had not clue who that was. But when thier cousins and friends stopped by, they lit up. These kids need to be by near home and the ones they love.....
The medical community is watching the success of this program with great interest, as it is the first of its kind. The project partners a hands-on county hospital with an academic hospital that is on the cutting edge of research, in order to train doctors and nurses of two institutions to work seamlessly for the medical needs of their community.
The NCL Juniors of Ventura County is committed to raising money to support and enhance the vital program. More specifically, they have financed the construction of a child-friendly infusion room, play room, and resource library for patients and their families. It is also their goal to raise community awareness and participation, and through this year's event, they hope they can unite the efforts of the past with the efforts of the present to bring about further change for the future.
As a result of this evening, they raised more than $90,000 for their worthy cause: the Children's Cancer & Blood Diseases Program, a joint venture between The Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Ventura County Medical Center.
Congratulations to them and to our WOW members, Gabrielle Moes (Seasons Catering) and Kimberlee Miller (Kimberlee Miller Photography) who helped make the evening such a success. All of the pictures in this feature were taken by Kimberlee Miller.
If you would like to donate to The National Charity League Juniors of Ventura County, you can visit their website here.