An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
By Michael Easterling | June 24, 2019
Disney Stars Pediatric Picnic | City of Hope Disney performers provided entertainment at the annual picnic. Pictured, left to right: Dakota Lotus, Olivia Sanabia, Paxton Booth, and Ruby Rose Turner, from “Coop and Cami Ask the World.”
For the 22nd year, pediatric patients and their families came to the Duarte campus for the annual pediatric picnic. This year it was all about the Big Top with a circus theme, “The Greatest Show at City of Hope.”  

On June 1, the more than 2,000 guests enjoyed games, entertainment, food and prizes; they were able to see exotic creatures courtesy of Mutual of Omaha, and rub elbows with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and some of their friends. Magicians from the Magic Castle displayed their sleight of hand with amazing card tricks, and professional comic book artists demonstrated how they make their drawings come to life.
Staff and guests also got in on the entertainment in a flash mob, “This Is Me.” Patients performed on stage as part of “City of Hope’s Got Talent.”    

Support for the event included Panda Express, Bristol Farms and Smart & Final.

The most exciting news was a presentation by Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions, which presented a $1.2 million check for the City of Hope Kids4Hope campaign for research, treatment and education in support of our pediatric cancer program.

The beloved annual picnic event is led by pediatric oncologist Judith K. Sato, M.D., and brings together physicians, nurses and other staff with the patients and their families who have been in their care. It is also a chance for families to visit with each other.  

“Many of the children who are in the hospital or clinic at the same time becomes friends, and families often bond over their celebrations of hope,” Sato said. “When a child is in the hospital, the patients and their families get to know each other. This picnic provides an opportunity for old friends to resume this closeness and spend time with their caregivers in a relaxed and fun environment. For the pediatric staff, it is one of our favorite days of the year.”

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