Local businesses and organizations come together for Luke’s Pride Fall Community Day


Patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital were given a break from their daily routines and treated to a fun afternoon of giveaways, crafts and games at Luke’s Pride Fall Community Day. The special afternoon, courtesy of local businesses and organizations, took place at LLU Children’s Hospital on Thursday, August 30.

The event was set up like a community fair, allowing businesses from the local area to see LLU Children’s Hospital and interact with the kids; a win-win for both local supporters and hospital patients.

LLU Children's Hopsital patient Codi Pelton, 13, of Desert Hot Springs was especially excited to see “Stormtroopers” from the 501st Legion Star Wars. The self-proclaimed “huge” Star Wars fan was dressed for the event, sporting a popular “Princess Leia” hairstyle, “Stormtrooper” slippers and a “Chewbacca” stuffed-animal. Pelton was so excited, she even video-called her mom on a cellphone to introduce her new friends.

Luke’s Pride Fall Community day was coordinated through the LLU Children’s Hospital Foundation and child life services, which works to minimize fears and stress that children, adolescents and families experience during hospitalization. Child life specialists develop age appropriate activities for patients ranging in age from birth to young adult.

Activity booths were provided by community businesses and organizations including:

  • 501st Legion Star Wars
  • Agua Caliente Clippers
  • Ashley Furniture Homestore
  • Auto Club Speedway
  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • Fiesta Village
  • Fruit Ripe
  • Kids N Smiles
  • Modern Woodmen Financial
  • Raising Canes

To learn more about LLU Children’s Hospital and our commitment to children’s health journeys, visit our website or call 800-825-KIDS for general information.

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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