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Stater Bros. Charities K-Froggers for Kids Radiothon raises more than $300,000 for pediatric patients

K-FROG 95.1 FM and Stater Bros. Charities raised $303,507 for patients battling pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital during their 19th annual radiothon on Wednesday, December 4. Stater Bros. Charities was once again the presenting sponsor for the event and donated a $200,000 check to Children’s Hospital during the live radiothon. During the past 19 years, K-FROG has raised more than $6.8 million for the hospital through the radiothon. The event was broadcasted live on K-FROG radio from Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga. The post Stater Bros. Charities K-Froggers for Kids Radiothon raises more than $300,000 for pediatric patients appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Caden’s Teddy Bears for Kids returns!

A few years ago, I was admitted into Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for four days (don’t worry! I am completely healthy now!). Being in the hospital is not fun. However, the staff at the hospital really know what they are doing. They have an entire child life department dedicated to activities for the child patients to keep them busy. I really enjoyed the TV with gaming console and DVD player. After I got out of the hospital, with the help of generous family and friends, I was able to raise $1,500 to purchase a new TV, gaming console/DVD and isolation box to keep it in. This unit is now in the hospital and being used by patients! Two years ago, I decided I wanted to give back and do something for the hospital again. That is when Caden’s Teddy Bears for Kids began. The teddy bear drive bears are passed out to patients in the hospital on Christmas and Christmas Eve. We are on track to reach 1,000 total combined bears from all three drives this year!! Being in the hospital is tough for…

Real-life ‘Jerry Maguire’ sports agent Steinberg hosts Seeds of Hope event

Leigh Steinberg, the sports super-agent and inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire, shared his own battle and recovery from alcohol addiction while praising mental health providers and supporters on Thursday, Nov. 21 at a benefit for Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center. Steinberg, who represents numerous high-profile athletes in multiple sports, became addicted to alcohol after a series of tragedies in his personal life. Friends later supported him through a 12-step program that helped him overcome his dependency, he told the audience. “No life is hopeless. There is redemption, and a place like this can help you get through,” Steinberg told attendees while hosting the 12th annual Seeds of Hope event. The yearly benefit drew approximately 200 attendees to Centennial Complex on the campus of Loma Linda University Health. Supporters gather each year to share stories of patients who have successfully completed a recovery program, highlight the work of providers who care for patients along their journey, and raise funds to help patients in need. “Addiction can hit anyone,” Steinberg said. “It’s not something I had throughout my whole life, but it caught up…

Caden Henderson recognized as Youth Volunteer of the Year

IECN Staff Writer Caden Henderson was recently awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Inland Empire Chapter, award for Youth Volunteer of the Year.  According to the National Philanthropy Day nomination form, the award recognizes “service by an outstanding youth leader under the age of 21, youth group, or youth-generated project that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and/or leadership”. Outside of school, 14-year-old Redlands High School student Caden keeps himself busy by writing an aptly named column (Caden’s Corner) for the IECN Newspaper group, and interviewing celebrities and athletes for his very own YouTube channel.  When he graduates from high school he hopes to attend USC or the University of Redlands to study sports broadcasting and/or sports journalism.  In school, he’s on the freshman basketball team, but says he’s got a soft spot for baseball.  “My grandpa, Bob Sheehan, was a baseball coach, and my mom and dad (Jill and Joe Henderson) met while working for the 66’ers baseball team, so I guess that’s why,” Caden shared. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH)…

Cardiologists use nation’s first alternative access point for heart device to save a veteran

In a first of its kind in the United States, cardiologists at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute have performed a pioneering coronary intervention with an Impella heart assist device and stent placement through single access from the axillary artery in the shoulder. The new procedure offers surgeons another option to help save the lives of people suffering from severely calcified coronary heart disease, which kills more than 370,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran David Quiett presented at Loma Linda University Medical Center with a heart attack. Physicians quickly learned that he had severely calcified coronary artery disease in his major arteries. He was in need of stents and a heart-saving pumping device. But surgeons were unable to insert both interventions in separate vascular entry points because of the patient’s calcification. The pumping device is usually inserted through the femoral artery near the groin, and stents are placed through a separate artery. Due to the patient’s condition, there were no viable traditional arterial access points. With no options left, Loma Linda University Heart Institute interventional…

Loma Linda University Health nurse honored for donating 113 gallons of blood, inducted into national Donation Hall of Fame

Dexter Emoto, RN, a post-anesthesia care unit and recovery room nurse at Loma Linda University Health, has been inducted into the national Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame for his blood donations. Emoto started donating his blood 45 years ago while he was attending Pacific Union College (PUC) in California’s Napa Valley. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people, and at the time, I simply hoped someone could benefit from my donation,” he said. Emoto has donated more than 113 gallons, making him one of the highest blood donors in the western United States. That blood has helped nearly 1,500 individuals, estimates Lifestream. Representatives from Fresenius Kabi, an organization that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies, inducted Emoto into its national Donation Hall of Fame Wednesday for his contributions. Emoto began routinely donating blood at Lifestream in San Bernardino, California, in 1982 after transferring from PUC to Loma Linda University School of Nursing. “I realized I could benefit the patients in my local hospital by donating,” Emoto said. “Almost all of my donations have come to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where it goes to…

Loma Linda University Health performs Inland Empire’s first spinal ablation surgery to treat tumors

A new, innovative and minimally invasive procedure called Spinal Tumor Ablation with Radiofrequency was successfully performed last month at Loma Linda University Health, the first such procedure in the Inland Empire. The procedure involves making small incisions in the back at each bone level to insert a probe directly into the tumor. The probe emits heat generated by the radiofrequency to kill the tumor cells. Once the tumor has been ablated, surgeons then stabilize the weakened bone by performing kyphoplasty — a procedure in which the surgeon uses a balloon-like device to inject cement into the spine. Spinal Tumor Ablation can be performed in as little as a few hours and allows patients to return to activities more quickly than traditional surgeries. “This is a great minimally invasive therapy for patients with metastatic disease or primary tumor of bone because it provides patients another option for better quality of life and control of their tumor disease without exposing them to the risk of traditional surgeries,” said Namath Hussain, MD, a neurosurgeon who performed the procedure. Hussain said traditional surgeries to remove a spinal tumor often involve opening the…

Domestic violence survivors encourage, empower others during conference in San Bernardino

Domestic violence survivors and their families banded together for an afternoon of healing, support and encouragement during the 2nd annual domestic violence conference: Arise & Conquer, hosted by nonprofit organization Divine Connections, HOPE (Hold On, Pain Ends) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Enterprise Building in downtown San Bernardino. Domestic violence survivor Melinda Cuellar founded the faith-based nonprofit after she emerged from a harrowing and terrifying ordeal involving her ex-husband. Cuellar endured seven years of emotional, mental and physical abuse in her marriage. Six months after their divorce in 2015, her husband kidnapped her and held her hostage at gunpoint for several hours in her car. When he cocked his handgun Cuellar leapt from the car and a standoff with SWAT ensued. He was eventually apprehended, and later sentenced to 12 years. Cuellar, a mother and grandmother, became a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate and through her organization, hosts support groups monthly in San Bernardino for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Additional services include education, clothing and toiletries, court and advocacy support, referrals and mentoring. Cuellar and her DCH team, all of whom are survivors, created…

Loma Linda University Cancer Center launches breast pain clinic that combines medical and psychologic treatment

Loma Linda University Cancer Center has created a breast pain clinic that combines medical and psychological interventions to treat the common condition experienced by women — the first in the nation to create a multidisciplinary approach to breast pain management. The clinic incorporates the use of a medical treatment plan to treat physical pain while using one-on-one and group therapy sessions with stress management tools that can unearth underlying stressors causing breast pain. The clinic also educates attendees on the definition, causes and remedies of the condition. Some 70% of women experience breast pain in their lifetime, yet only 7% of women with breast cancer have breast pain as their first symptom, according to the breast pain clinic co-director and director of Loma Linda University Cancer Center Breast Health Center, Sharon S. Lum, MD. Yet many women believe their pain is due to cancer and end up in an oncologist’s office. To save women time and offer them the resources they need, Lum partnered with clinical oncology therapist Gabriela E. Gutierrez, PhD, LMFT, to launch this clinic. “When someone gets stressed, they can get headaches or even stomach aches,…

Corky’s Cookies for Cancer benefits LLU Children’s Hospital

Corky’s Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery kicked off their annual Cookies for Cancer fundraiser this month in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Funds raised during the month-long promotion will benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. At all 11 Southern California locations, Corky’s will donate $1 for every gold ribbon cookie sold and 25 cents for all other cookies sold in the month of September. In addition, Corky’s Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery also will be hosting Art for Cancer. Children are invited to any Corky’s location to color a picture that will be delivered to young patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, to help brighten their day. Everyone who submits a drawing is eligible to win a prize. No purchase necessary to enter. “We are proud to host our 6th annual Corky’s Cookies for Cancer fundraiser benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital,” said Jennifer Towles of Corky’s Homestyle Kitchen & Bakery. “We invite everyone to join us at Corky’s and help raise funds that will directly benefit the children battling cancer and bring smiles to their faces through art.” Over the last five years, Corky’s…

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital launches Red Nose Docs program with grand celebration

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital celebrated the launch of the Red Nose Docs program and its recent partnership with Healthy Humor Inc. (HH) and Moose Toys on Tuesday, August 27th, a partnership that provides yet another tool to help patients in their healing process. Healthy Humor is a national nonprofit arts organization which, through their Red Nose Docs, uses the magic of theater and circus skills to reintroduce play as a welcome distraction for pediatric patients. Australian toy company, Moose Toys, partnered with HH to bring healthcare clowning to Children’s Hospital, and the Red Nose Docs will be rounding on various units twice a week to visit patients.  The celebration brought a welcome distraction for both inpatients and outpatients at the hospital with refreshments and various activities led by the Red Nose Docs, including juggling, plate spinning, tricks and crafts.  Belinda Gruebner, executive vice president of global marketing for Moose Toys, said the partnership between organizations would continue reaching the heart of Moose’s mission. “Our goal at the end of the day is to make kids ‘Superhappy’ — the work our Red Nose Docs do here…

Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer donate $125,000 to Loma Linda University Cancer Center

Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer presented a check for $125,000 to the Loma Linda University Cancer Center on August 20. The funds were a portion of those raised at the 11th annual Believe Walk in October 2018. Judy Chatigny, MSN, executive director of Loma Linda University Cancer Center, said the donation will be used to support the psycho-oncology program, which assists with services not typically covered by insurance, such as psychologists, spiritual chaplains, financial guidance, dieticians, wig banks, and the new offering of massage services for patients. During the check presentation at Stater Bros. corporate headquarters, Chatigny said the Cancer Center is constantly finding new ways to serve patients. This year they have added a massage therapy service specifically for cancer patients. The therapists have been trained to service patients who are undergoing chemo.  In addition, Chatigny said the Cancer Center has hired a financial coordinator to help offer financial support to patients who need high-cost treatments. In 2019 alone, the center has received $2.6 million in free drug and co-pay assistance for patients.  “Patients face many challenges, and our focus is to at Loma Linda…

School of Nursing receives $2.6 million grant to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses in the I.E.

Loma Linda University School of Nursing has been awarded a four-year, $2.6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help grow the number of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the Inland Empire. The grant, from the federal department’s Advanced Education Nursing Grant Program, will provide funding toward tuition assistance for qualifying students and enhance training. The school recently received confirmation of the funding for year one of the 4-year grant, a $684,848 installment. “This grant will allow us to update and enhance the training provided to students,” said Gloria Mattson Huerta, DNP, Nurse Practitioner program coordinator and assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Nursing. “This will include the development of standardized patient scenarios focusing on behavioral health issues, as well as managing the opioid crisis — both of which are significant issues in the Inland Empire as well as nationally.” Pete Aguilar, Representative for California’s 31st U.S. Congressional District, has promoted adding HHS funding to provide high-quality affordable healthcare in the state’s medically-underserved communities. “By increasing the number of highly-qualified nurses in our region, we can help ensure better health outcomes…

Wellness camp gives community kids tools to make wholesome lifestyle choices

Loma Linda University Health last week concluded its 12th annual Operation Fit, a series of week-long wellness camps for Inland Empire children and their families to learn how to live healthier lives through sensible food choices and physical activity. This summer, 75 kids, ages 9 to 15, participated in each of the three Operation Fit camps held June 24 through July 19 at Loma Linda University Health. Camps were led and staffed by Loma Linda University School of Medicine and School of Public Health medical students, pediatric residents, and dietetic students. Through dynamic, interactive educational activities, campers learn how portion control, read food labels and incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. Kids were also introduced to fun exercise games and physical activities. Marti Baum, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, said camp participants are referred by SAC Health System pediatricians and family medicine physicians if the patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is over the 85th percentile, which means the child is considered overweight or obese. “Children with elevated BMIs often move into type 2 diabetes by the time they reach their 20’s,” Baum said. “A proactive approach…

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