The Panda Cares Center of Hope was unveiled by Valley Children’s Hospital on August 8, 2020. It is a specialized center dedicated to promoting healing and inspiring hope through specially curated programs. This space enables social services programs such as child life, social work, rehabilitation and spiritual support, to address children’s entire well-being, including their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

“We are so thankful for Panda Express’ incredible commitment and generosity in supporting organizations that serve the health and education needs of children,” said Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation President Robert Saroyan. “The Panda Cares Center of Hope is designed to create a safe and comforting place where kids can be kids again. The programs help patients cope with illness, treatment and hospitalization, offering support before, during and after a medical procedure.”
Services through the Panda Cares Center of Hope help patients and families understand treatment plans and goals, thus reducing stress and anxiety through the health process. Hope can be restored and healing can begin as children are enriched through therapeutic play, art therapy, physical therapy, and counseling services.

“We are proud to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to bring the vision of the Panda Cares Center of Hope to life and are humbled to be able to be part of the healing journey for the families and kids at these hospitals,” said Dr. Peggy Cherng, co-founder and co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group. “Children are our future, and we hope that through this partnership and curriculum designed to give children the strength to thrive, we will bring smiles and hope to communities nationwide.”
Following a commitment of $25 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to fund Panda Cares Centers of Hope in 2019, Panda and CMN Hospitals have debuted Center of Hope locations across several hospitals in the United States, including California, Texas, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Arizona and Illinois.

As gestures of goodwill at the outset of this partnership, Panda Express donated $30,000 to support Valley Children's efforts to treat COVID-19 patients in July, $50,000 personally from the Cherng family to support the Panda Cares Center of Hope in August, multiple donations of food to support front-line staff, and a donation of hundreds of books to promote literacy. Over the past 11 years, Panda Express guests and associates from Merced to Porterville have raised more than $2.5 million for Valley Children’s.
The 6th Annual ABC30 "Futures Worth Fighting For" Telethon took place on August 13, 2020. The event raised a grand total $138,941 to benefit Valley Children's Hospital. For an entire day, ABC30 Action News' co-anchors, Landon Burke and Warren Armstrong, covered the exciting event which featured inspiring stories from Valley Children's patient families and information on the vital services the Hospital provides to the nearly 1.4 million children living in our service area. Volunteers from all over the Central Valley enthusiastically rang bells as they finished recording each donation that came in through the phone lines and held signs encouraging viewers to donate.

We want to express a special thank you to the team at ABC30 Action News, volunteers and donors for your continued support of the annual ABC30 "Futures Worth Fighting For" Telethon. A huge thank you to our sponsors: The Wonderful Company, Sun-Maid, Wild Electric, cCARE, Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association, and Valley Republic Bank. And lastly, we would like to thank Mid Valley Packaging in Fowler for their remarkable $25,000 contribution on the day of the event. We are truly grateful for the generosity of our Central Valley community!
During the month of September, Costco warehouses in the Central Valley will be helping make miracles for Valley Children's patients through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Costco locations in Fresno, Clovis, Hanford, Visalia, and Merced will raise funds throughout the month for Valley Children's Hospital.
Stop by Les Schwab Tire Centers locations in the Central Valley from now until August 31 and support our efforts by donating to benefit patients at Valley Children's Hospital. We are so excited and grateful to Les Schwab for their leadership of this annual fundraising campaign.
Our 22nd Annual KISS Country for Kids Radiothon is coming up on Wednesday, September 9 through Friday, September 11, 2020. KISS Country will be live with your favorite DJs, Gnarley Charley, Jody Jo, Erica and Carp. Throughout the three days, KISS Country will generously air interviews with patients and families sharing their incredible stories to raise funds for Valley Children's. We offer our sincere gratitude to the KISS Country staff and everyone who has a part in this event.
We understand you may have many questions regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Valley Children’s has developed this online information hub to keep you informed and help answer questions you may have about this quickly evolving topic. Additionally, Valley Children's has set up a COVID-19 hotline, available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help answer any questions you may have.
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