This year my family and our friends will be walking the 2018 CHOC WALK in the Park at Disneyland for my niece Jerrica!
I could hear the anxiety in my sister’s voice, when she called me in mid August 2014. “Jerrica has been running a fever for several days now, and she has strange bruising on her body. I’m taking her to the pediatrician.” After her blood results showed an extremely high white blood count of over 100,000 (normal 4,300 and 10,800 cells per cubic millimeter of blood) and she was immediately sent to CHOC Hospital in Orange for further testing.
Jerrica was immediately sent to the Oncology department CHOC for further testing. As a family, we were not prepared for the news that shook us to core. Jerrica was diagnosed with AML Leukemia (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).
Jerrica endured 4 aggressive rounds of chemo, yet she still managed to smile. Jerrica’s perserverance is an inspiration to many of us!
Jerrica spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and her 21st birthday at CHOC Hospital. The compassionate nurses and doctors were incredible and attentive during her stay.
“There’s not enough words to describe how thankful I am for CHOC and everything they did for me and my family. Everybody at CHOC is amazing and went above and beyond for me in every way possible. They always made me feel like I was part of their family, with the continued support they gave me. Even in my lowest days, they did everything in their power to reassure me that I had the strength and power to get through fighting Leukemia. I am thankful for them for saving my life, and I will be forever grateful.” ~Jerrica Alarcon
If you would like to show your support and or join team “JerrBear” click here https://www.chocwalk.org/
CHOC Walk 2018 Event Day Details
- Sunday, August 26, 2018
- Opening ceremony Main Street U.S.A. – 6:15 am
- Entrance cutoff time to be announced.
- 5K walk through Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park and Downtown Disney® District.
- Registration $95 after August 13, 2018.
- Walkers ages 2 and under FREE
- CHOC Walk information booth will open at 5:00 a.m. in the Disney® Esplanade
We are so excited to be participating in the 2018 CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort on August 26th to raise funds for CHOC Children’s Hospital!
The fundraising efforts of the CHOC Walk make an immediate impact on families going through the most challenging time in their lives. CHOC provides the highest level of care not only to patients, but to the siblings, parents, and extended family that make up their critical support teams.
Please help us exceed our fundraising goal for the benefit of the children and families of Southern California. Donate now or join Team JerrBear at CHOC’s magical morning at the Disneyland® Resort. Every dollar counts for kids!