This Sunday, April 23rd, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) and local residents will join together in support of critically ill children and their families at the 6th annual Long Beach Walk for Kids at Shoreline Park, a family-friendly 5k pledge event that raises awareness and funds for the life-changing services provided by RMHCSC. 100% of the funds raised will directly benefit families in the local community, helping to provide a “home away from home” for families to stay near their hospitalized child at little to no cost.
Over 40% of children served by Long Beach Ronald McDonald House are babies in the NICU. One such family is the parents of Victoria Crihfield, Brad and Amanda Crihfield who reside in Lakewood. They will be participating as the official Ambassador Family for the Long Beach Walk for Kids.
At 3-months old, Victoria went in for a routine checkup at the doctor’s office when doctors discovered a tumor in her brain. The doctors were able to quickly have the tumor removed, but ultimately she was diagnosed with Childhood AT/RT – Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor – a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer. The disease has only 30 cases per year, and happens to every three in one million babies. Doctors estimated she only had a 10% chance of survival. Victoria’s rigorous treatment included 5 rounds of chemo therapy, 28 rounds of focal radiation, and multiple trips to the ICU. For nine months, Victoria’s parents, Brad and Amanda, found comfort and care at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House while their daughter received lifesaving treatment. “For our family, RMH provided meals most evenings, and a quiet room to let the tears and tension from the day fall away.”
Victoria has now been cancer-free for 2 years, and she and her family are thrilled for the opportunity to give back to the House that helped them heal in their time of need. They’ll be taking their message to rally support for the Long Beach Walk for Kids on Sunday, April 23 at Shoreline Park in Long Beach.
If you’d like to sign up to help with the fundraiser click the following link.