LOMA LINDA, CA – September 24, 2018 – Two Coachella Valley residents recently banded together to raise funds for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH). Andrea Rosenblatt and Dawn Rashid, both of Palm Desert, and board members of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild, collectively raised over $3,600. They presented the funds to the hospital on Thursday, September 20.

Jill Payne, assistant vice president of philanthropy, acknowledged the generosity of the ladies’ donations and welcomed them into the LLUCH Birthday Club.

“Donating your birthday to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital brings valuable dollars to important work,” Payne said. “We hope it has made your birthday feel even more special.”

Both Rashid and Rosenblatt have volunteered with the Desert Guild for several years and have a passion for serving their community and LLUCH. The Desert Guild is committed to supporting the children hospitalized at LLUCH by developing programs and projects that address the critical needs of these children and their families.

The LLUCH Birthday Club was established to honor and celebrate those extraordinary individuals who want to give back to children in need. Through personal and social networking, Rashid was able to raise over $1,500 and Rosenblatt raised over $1,100.

LLUCH patient Codi Pelton, 13, of Desert Hot Springs, was all smiles as she accepted the checks on behalf of the hospital.

To learn how you van be a part of the club, visit


About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH

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.”

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