This week’s blog is not about Interior Design and all the beautiful homes I have had the privilege of redesigning, but of something so much more.

If any of my followers want to know, then stay tuned and read more to discover hope, love, giving and lots of miracles.

Early one morning, I raced down Sunset Blvd to Children’s Hospital to meet my Share Sisters. As I maneuvered my car through traffic, I was afraid I would be late for our appointment. Bingo – I was right on the dot!

But to my surprise, I found a traffic jam in the parking structure of Children’s Hospital with parents rushing into parking spots clutching their children in their arms. I quietly reflected on their anguish and I creeped into my parking spot.

Finally, I saw my Share Sisters of and I felt relief as we met our esteemed staff of Children’s Hospital. has been passionately committed for 66 years to provide and improve lives of children with special needs. 

Our group had the unique opportunity to tour the behind the scenes of Children’s Hospital. We were given a private tour, guided by Terence M. Green, Associate Senior Vice President Development, through the hallways of the CHLA. He introduced us to The Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, located in The Saban Research Institute of CHLA. This facility conducts extensive research and participates in over 180 clinical trials with more than 1,200 enrollments annually. They are researching how our own immune system can fight cancer. 

In 2019, CHLA jumped to No. 5 on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Rool of Children’s Hospitals,

Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!

Thankfully, I have never had a child who had to be airlifted into a helicopter and land on top of a hospital like they do at CHLA. I did have the opportunity to see how well equipped they were if a trauma did happen. A Blackhawk helicopter could land in case of an emergency and in minutes brought to the trauma center where their vitals can be brought back to balance.

All humans need to be centered but I understood more than ever what that meant standing in that room. It was very impressive seeing how they are able to transport children quickly and safely into the building.

Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!
Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!

Babies, young children, young adults fighting for their lives was such a profound thought. It brought me back to the days of being a young social worker in Harlem.

If you are still reading, I’ve got some good news.

Children’s hospital is on the forefront of hope and discovery in research for a cure in cancer.

Some fun facts:

They mentioned an interesting new research they are conducting in which they use a zebrafish model to help understand the mechanisms of development and diseases such as cancer. Did you know that zebrafish have a similar genetic structure to humans and have 70% of the same genes as we do?!

Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!

Disney plans to help Children’s Hospitals across the country by donating $100 million over the next five years to help re-imagine and improve the health and well-being of families and children. It’s great to see how they are able to ease the stress of a hospital stay.

Their plan is to:

  • Redesign and space plan treatment and patient rooms will be Disney themed and offer in-room entertainment.
  • Play carts will be stocked with games and activities.
  • Disney movies and shows in both in-room and theaters.
Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!

The facility is amazingly massive with over 450,000 square feet of hospital. They are now in the design phase of space planning a state-of-the-art, 10 story architectural building in the lot nearby to help fit the demanding needs of children. In remodeling the lot and constructing a new building, CHLA will be able to accommodate many more children in need.

Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!

If you would like to donate to, we are holding a Poker Classic Event on November 21, 2019 at the Mark on Pico. Grab your tickets now to have enjoy a fun night, but most importantly raise funds to help children in need.

Even if you cannot make it, you are more than welcome to donate.

The link is:

Every dollar counts and it will make a big difference in a child’s life.

Tidbit: I never really liked hospitals but as a teenager, I worked as a volunteer “Candy Striper” at the Ohio Valley Hospital. It just seemed my destiny to get a degree in Social Work then go for a MSW. Somehow I am skilled at understanding people, which definitely helps me in my interior design work. 

Visiting the Children’s Hospital: Love and Hope!
May 14, 2020 — Donna Livingston