Concern For Patients and Families
We strongly believe in giving back to our local community which is why we host several events a year for pediatric cancer patients, survivors, and their families. There is no better way to honor the brave spirit of a child who is battling or has survived cancer than to provide fun childhood experiences they often miss out on during treatment. For pediatric cancer patients who are in the hospital during the holidays, Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny join us in making special visits to various pediatric cancer wards. To us, there is no greater gift than bringing joy to a child who has battled cancer.
Universal Studios Day for the Kids
For the past 28 years Concern Foundation holds an annual Day for the Kids at Universal Studios Hollywood, thanks to the generosity of Universal Studios Discover A Star Foundation. Nearly 300 pediatric cancer patients and the guest of their choice are treated to a fun-filled day to just be a kid away from their treatments and dealing with cancer at the LA theme park. Concern member’s volunteer as the chaperones throughout the day as a reminder of exactly why we must do all that we can to help conquer this disease. Universal Studios provides a private tram-tour for all of our guests, a delicious catered lunch in the Globe Theater inside of the theme park and front of the line passes for everyone to skip those long lines and feel like VIP for the entire day.
Annual Holiday Party at Paramount Pictures
One of our favorite days of the year is celebrating the holidays with pediatric cancer patients and their families. At Concern Foundation’s annual Holiday Party at Paramount Pictures, The festivities kick off with the screening of a first –run family motion picture for all 600 plus guests who attend. Once the movie ends the kids and families are welcomed into holiday celebration filled with candy, lunch and snacks and dancing with a DJ Dwayne and his dance crew. The traditional winter wonderland features an early arrival from Santa to deliver bountiful Christmas presents to the families donated by friends and businesses throughout the Los Angeles community. The families participate in cookie decorating activities, photo booths, air-brushed tattoos and faces painting and receive some extra-special with pampering from Beauty Bus Foundation. Huge smiles on their faces and the hugs we receive is the highlight each year of a magical event and the perfect way to ring in the Holiday Season.
For over two decades, Concern hosts the yearly traditional Holiday Party. From its small and humble beginnings at Miceli’s restaurant, the Holiday Party has evolved into an extravagant and energy packed day at Paramount Studios. Every year the Holiday Party is a different theme with entertainment, food, and of course, Santa comes to give everyone (approximately 135 kids and their families) their Christmas gifts.
Hundreds of pediatric cancer patients and guests come out for a fun-filled day at Universal Studios. The Universal Studios staff along with our volunteers give their time to ensure each kid is having the best day ever. The day includes front-of-the-line passes, private tram ride, and a catered lunch in the Globe Theater.
No child should be excluded from celebrating the holidays. We strive to provide as much normalcy and comfort as possible to pediatric cancer patients during the most challenging of times.