Pilots for Kids organization meets with pediatric patients
Twelve airline pilots from Pilots for Kids made a special holiday visit to patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital last month — spending time chatting with each patient, answering questions about the different airplanes they flew and asking the kids questions of their own. The pilots stopped by children’s rooms in the hematology/oncology unit for several hours on Thursday, Dec. 20.
The pilots gave out goodies, including stuffed animals and gift cards. The children also received a surprise visit from Pilots for Kids mascot, Captain Baldy.
The pilots participated through the Pilots for Kids organization and fly for various airlines including United Airlines, American Airlines, Compass Airlines, ANA Airlines and the Air Force Reserve 336 Air Refueling Squadron.
Photo Caption: One of the visiting pilots gives Dereck O'Campo-Ken, 10, from Indio, a gift card and a Batman toy.
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.”