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WWAM Inc., Hosts Special Luncheon for Summer Food Program Volunteers

Dr. Deborah Winn (Front, Center) with summer volunteers. Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman

Dr. Deborah Winn (Front, Center) with summer volunteers.
Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – On Friday, August 1, Willing Winn Associates and Mission  (WWAM) Inc., hosted a special luncheon for its volunteers that assisted with the Summer Food Program which was held at Juanita Jones Blakely Elementary School. The next community event that WWAM will be presenting is the grand opening of its I.S.A.H. (It Starts At Home) program on Thursday, September 18. For more information on how you can become involved with the event, please email Dr. Deborah Winn at wwaminc92@yahoo.com.

Young cancer patients treated to an afternoon of fun with UCLA football players, sponsored by Stater Bros

UCLA Bruins football players Aaron Sharp (left) and Jordan Lasley (right) play with patients Kaiden Cressy, 2, (left) and Jhordan Moncrief, 2 on Thursday, July 31.

UCLA Bruins football players Aaron Sharp (left) and Jordan Lasley (right) play with patients Kaiden Cressy, 2, (left) and Jhordan Moncrief, 2 on Thursday, July 31.

LOMA LINDA, CA – Members of the UCLA Bruins football team visited patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Thursday, July 31. Four freshman players played video games, puzzles and chatted up with kids on the hematology/oncology unit at the hospital.

“The kids were eager and excited to have the Bruins visit,” said Dorothy Brooks from LLUCH’s child life services. “Spending just a couple of hours with the players was a treat that will be treasured for a long time by our patients. It was so good to hear the laughter in the playroom during this visit.”

Players who came out were Jordan Lasley, wide receiver; Aaron Sharp, quarterback; Dwight Williams, linebacker; and Kenny Young, linebacker. They were in preparation to begin open training camp, which started on Monday, Aug. 4 at California State University, San Bernardino. This is the third year CSUSB has hosted Bruins football for training, with support from Stater Bros. Markets.

“Stater Bros. truly believes in giving back to the communities that we serve,” stated Susan Atkinson, vice president, corporate affairs for Stater Bros. Markets. “As strong supporters of both the UCLA football training camp and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, we are especially proud to provide an opportunity to brighten a child’s day.”           

UCLA’s 2014 football season will kick off when the Bruins take on University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va on Saturday, August 30.  

ARMC Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended in Motor Vehicles

COLTON, CA – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is conducting a Purple Ribbon Campaign during August to help raise awareness about the dangers of leaving children  unattended in cars. The campaign features purple ribbons, fliers, signs and posters that will be  displayed inside and outside of the Medical Center. Purple Ribbon Month is held each year in  memory of children who have lost their lives because of vehicular heatstroke.

“I was a nursing student and had just left class when a mother in distress approached me and  urged me to break her car window to get her infant, who had accidentally been locked in the car,”  said ARMC Trauma Coordinator, Richard Vara. “We got her child out in time. I reacted as a  concerned parent, and I hope that other people would do the same when they see children who are left in cars.”

As of July 2014, at least 19 U.S. children have died because of vehicular heatstroke, according to  Kids And Cars, a nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to  children in or around motor vehicles. Last year, 44 children died of vehicular heatstroke in the  U.S.

“Heatstroke-related injuries and deaths are preventable,” said Vara. “It is important to be vigilant  about checking inside your vehicle before locking up and walking away.”

A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. Leaving the car  windows partially down does not significantly slow the heating process in the vehicle. Reduce the  number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT:

  • Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car.
  • Keep your car locked when you are not in it so children do not get in the car on their own.
  • Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Sources: Kids And Cars; Safercar.gov; Safe Kids Worldwide
California state law makes it illegal to leave a child 6 years of age or younger unattended inside a  motor vehicle without the supervision of someone who is at least 12 years old.

For more information about ARMC visit www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.