Children and staff at the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic were visited by special guests who brought much-needed joy

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Caylee Cardenas, 9, from San Bernardino with puppy Dozer.

Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS) collaborated with restaurant chain Raising Cane's in bringing the society’s puppies to visit cancer patients at the LLU Children's Hospital hematology/oncology outpatient clinic Monday, July 30.

Patients cuddled up to the puppies between treatments. The clinic — which is an outpatient clinic part of unit 4800 — treats pediatric blood-related diseases and cancers and is the largest of its kind in the Inland Empire. Young cancer patients receive treatments such as blood transfusions and stem cell transplants in the clinic.

The visit was designed to bring joy to children diagnosed with cancers such as leukemia, brain tumors and blood-related diseases such as hemophilia.

“I love seeing the smiles on my child’s face when they’re surprised by something special like this,” said one patient’s parent.

This is the first visit to Loma Linda University Health for both Raising Cane's and YAPS.

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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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