Ulysses Hsu, 9, of Eastvale, has donated his birthday money to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH).
At his ninth birthday party, Hsu told his friends that he wanted to help support Vision 2020: The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, and by doing so he raised over $1,600.
He stopped by LLUCH Monday, March 6 and presented a check for $1,636 to hospital mascot Luke the Lion in the lobby. Patients and staff also came down to meet Hsu, who was accompanied by his parents.
“Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is not an ordinary hospital,” Hsu said. “It is a place of happiness, love, comfort and warmth.”
This is not the first time Hsu has delivered a check the hospital. The junior philanthropist first donated money from his eighth birthday in 2016 in honor of a friend who had cancer,
Jill Payne, assistant vice president of philanthropy at Loma Linda University Health emphasized that Hsu’s benevolence has sparked a trend in the Give Now Build Hope campaign.
“You inspired a lot of people this year,” Payne said to Hsu, adding that several other kids have donated their birthday money to Vision 2020. “You've started a movement.”
Give Now Build Hope is the public giving campaign that encourages anyone to give at any level toward the new Children’s Hospital tower.
“Every little bit helps,” said Joe Perry, assistant vice president of finance at LLUCH. “This is an amazing accomplishment and you make such a big difference in building hope for our patients.”
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”