I decisively made the decision to enter the nursing program at the local university I was attending in the Fall of 1996. I had just transferred to a university that was closer to home, and at the time, I was an English major on task to become a teacher. There were so many changes that semester, including a new roommate, and understandably, my parents thought I needed to stick with something. I wish I could describe how I felt that afternoon when my new roommate was sharing about her experiences in the nursing program. I just knew that I was supposed to be a nurse. I defiantly dropped out of my current program and began taking the science prerequisites I needed to apply for the accelerated nursing program. That decision, made in a dorm room on a whim, has led to experiences too numerous and too poignant to count. The joy of life juxtaposed against a life taken too soon. Nursing students eager to absorb any bits of knowledge and wisdom I could impart upon them. The overwhelming feeling of responsibility when I was in charge of my local hospital’s entire childbirth education department. But it wasn’t until 4 years into my career that I entered into a position that would eventually be my passion.
I had less than one year of experience in the NICU before boarding a plane on a one-way ticket to London. I spent nearly a year working in a neonatal unit in Edinburgh, Scotland, an experience that changed my entire life. Out of that experience, I found myself back in Southern California, on the floor of one of the most prestigious children’s hospitals in Southern California. I have a deep sense of respect for the facility, which is committed to providing the highest quality of medical care to children. The state-of-the-art facility offers primary and specialty care clinics, over 100 programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence.
On Sunday, August 27th, 2017, I will be joining over 500 people committed to supporting the efforts of CHOC Children’s at the 25th annual CHOC Walk in the Park. Presented by Disneyland, CHOC Walk is a 5K walk through Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney to help raise funds for research and services at CHOC Children’s. The money raised during CHOC Walk is used for health care programs, education, and research specifically benefitting the children in the community served by CHOC Children’s. This will be my first year walking and I am excited to share with you details about how you can get involved and help support the incredible efforts of a facility that is near to my heart.
When: Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 6:30 am
Where: Disneyland Resort (Opening Ceremony at Main Street U.S.A. at 6:15 am)
Cost: $85 per CHOC Walk participant/team member (ages 3 and older).
Parking: Free parking is available at the Disneyland Resort for all CHOC Walk participants (Mickey & Friends Structure or Pumbaa Parking Lot).
Are you a Disneyland Annual Passholder? Join the Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders CHOC Walk Team. Remember that you must raise a minimum $85 donation to participate. If you are unable to walk, you can register as a “Sleeping Bear” and receive the team fundraising incentives. Be sure to register before 3 pm on Saturday, August 26th, 2017.
Where to Stay For CHOC Walk in the Park
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort
- Anaheim Marriott
- Springhill Suites Anaheim $145- reservations (844) 473-3953 reference CHOC Walk in the Park
- Ayres Hotels reference access code CHOC17
- Grand Legacy at the Park ~$134 reservations (800) 854-6097
Specially-Priced Disneyland Resort and Park Hopper Tickets for CHOC Walk Participants
When you present your CHOC Walk in the Park wristband at the Disneyland Resort ticket booth, you will have an opportunity to purchase a Disneyland Resort 1-Day Park Hopper ticket for $86 or a 1-Day, 1-Park ticket valid at Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for $57 for use on 8/27/17 or on your next visit to the Disneyland Resort. Limit of 5 tickets per wristband and tickets are only available for purchase at this discounted rate on 8/27/17. Tickets must be used by the expiration date of 9/23/17. Block-out dates include 9/1/17 – 9/4/17, 9/15/17, and 9/20/17 – 9/22/17.
- Every Wednesday in August is CHOC Walk Cookie Day at Chick-fil-A. For every Chocolate Chunk cookie sold at Orange County restaurants, Chic-fil-A will donate procees to CHOC Walk. August 9, 16, 23, 30.
- Participating Southern California Ruby’s Diner locations will donate $1 from the purchase of their CHOC-O-Beary shake (vanilla ice cream blended with strawberries, blackberries and Hershey’s Chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream and a blackberry) to this year’s CHOC Walk in the Park. 8/1/17 – 8/31/17
- Host a team kick-off party, ask for donations in lieu of gifts for special occasions (birthday, anniversary, etc.), create a golf tournament, host a bake sale or sell tickets to a special dinner. For additional tips, visit the Do-It-Yourself section on the CHOC Walk website.
CHOC Walk participants have the opportunity to earn prizes for their fundraising efforts. The top individual fundraisers will be awarded with prizes such as 1 year of free Chick-fil-A, Rubio’s gift certificates, Disneyland Resort tickets and more.