Last week, my friend Lisa from Babes in Disneyland shared with me some awesome information on the "Minnie Walk" that took place at CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange County. Being in Alabama, I was not able to attend the event and I will not be able to attend the actual CHOC walk on October 13. Thanks to Lisa for providing this information to all of my readers!
2013 "Minnie Walk" Event Recap
The 2013 “Minnie Walk” on Thursday, September 12, continued a decades long tradition at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, California. Disney star Minnie Mouse, assisted by Disney VoluntEARS, led a group of young patients on a special parade through the second floor of the hospital’s new Bill Holmes Tower, which includes an inviting lobby space sponsored by Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Featuring the participation of over 200 kids, Minnie and her entourage of young admirers were cheered on by CHOC staff and sponsors of the CHOC “Walk in the Park” event, presented by Disneyland Resort held early in the morning before the official opening of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. In the hospital’s on-going efforts to help kids be kids the event offered the children who are inpatient and unable to walk in the upcoming CHOC “Walk in the Park” event (Oct. 13) the opportunity to walk in their very own “Minnie Walk.”
The “Minnie Walk” brings the magic of the CHOC “Walk in the Park” event directly to the young patients at CHOC—many of whom directly benefit from the monies raised at the event each year (launched 23 years ago in 1990). To date the event has raised $21 million and attracts over 15,000 walkers each year, including participants from throughout the United States and around the world. It is CHOC Children’s biggest fundraiser of the year and is the largest and most unique pediatric fundraiser in the country.
“Last year, we had 800 teams, and over 15,000 participants who raised $2 million dollars for the CHOC “Walt in the Park” event, presented by Disneyland Resort. It’s the largest pediatric walk in the nation. People come in from all over the world to be a part of this experience because of what it means to the children.”