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Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Passing Through Southern California

Saturday October 22nd


Participants run, walk and bike to raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


Los Angeles (Wednesday, October 19th 2011)- South Bay residents will join more than 10,000 participants from 30 cities as part of the tenth annual coast-to-coast Torch Relay Saturday, October 22nd to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (, a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals.

The Torch Relay for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a multi-day event that traverses the country each fall, with participants walking, running and cycling to raise funds for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

The South Bay relay is a 5K walk and run that starts at 8:00am, Miramar Park in Redondo Beach, CA (201 Paseo de la Playa)and takes the walkers, runners and bikers on the walk paths of Torrance and Redondo beaches. Participants will be raising money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which is one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals that treat 17 million children each year.

We are thrilled that the community has embraced our partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in support of this amazing event,” says Claudia Looney, senior vice president of Development at Children’s Hospital. “We’re so excited to be a part of it.”

Last year’s South Bay event raised approximately $30,000, bringing the national total in 2010 to more than $1 million. The goal of the 2011 relay is to raise $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Registration for the Torch Relay LA date is open now through October 22nd. Further, information about registration for the event can be found at

Scheduled Torch Relay stops for 2011 include: Chicago, Ill.; Detroit, Mich.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; New York, N.Y.; Jersey City, N.J.; Richmond and Newport News, Va.; Bethesda, Md.; Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nev., Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Marco Island, Lakeland and Orlando.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at


About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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