La Mirada Group to Host Fundraiser for Children Fighting Cancer E-mail
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Children fighting cancer will benefit from a fundraiser sponsored by a La Mirada group on Friday, July 18 at the Friendly Hills Country Club.

The “Reach for the Stars” event will be presented by members of From Maddi’s Closet, a nonprofit organization started nearly a decade ago after Madison Leslie Holmes lost her battle with cancer at four years of age.

Maddi’s family and friends began the organization to carry on the extraordinary spirit of generosity and compassion the young girl had shown to other children fighting cancer. Maddi had frequently befriended other children undergoing treatment, and given her own toys and clothing to those in need.  She even asked her family members to go and sit with other children who were more sick, frightened or lonely when they had no family members at the hospital.

Since its early days, participation in From Maddi’s Closet has grown, and the organization has broadened its efforts to support children with cancer.  The group now raises funds for pediatric cancer research. The organization also offers support to ill children and their families whose special emotional and financial needs are unmet by other assistance programs. The group provides many services – from an annual toy drive to events and activities geared for patients at CHOC and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

From Maddi’s Closet also involves children in helping children. A Junior Advisory Board composed of middle school and high school students represents the organization at many public events, operates public awareness booths, hosts inpatient and outpatient projects, and assists at the annual We Can Family Camp for children with cancer.

Two representatives of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are scheduled to be honored at the fundraiser.  Dr. Girish Dhall, director of the Neuro-Oncology program, and Barbara E. Britt, RN, MSN, senior nurse care manager, will be recognized for their efforts to help children fighting cancer.

Opportunities are available for individuals, businesses and organizations to assist in sponsoring event. The organization is also seeking donations of items for auctions that will be held at the event.

The gala fundraiser which includes a reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment, begins at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 18 at Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Tickets are $75. For information, visit



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