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Yes! I want to help the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provide life-saving services to disenfranchised youth who have nowhere else to turn. Are you able to make a gift of $100, $250 or $500? Gifts of any size receive an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Thank you for supporting the most vulnerable youth in our region.

Homeless Donations Are Welcome, And Appreciated

The CHAMPION Fund is proud to provide the at-risk youth in the greater Los Angeles area with a wide array of health care and mental health services that they would otherwise have to go without.  Our many different programs are designed to reach to most underserved populations of at-risk youth, in order to provide them with access to the care that everyone should be provided.  These programs are designed to meet the specific needs of these individuals, which are unique to this segment of the population due to a wide variety of reasons.  For example, the risk of developing substance abuse is far greater among homeless youth, which is why we have developed programs and services to address this specific need. But these programs need homeless donations to succeed.

You can help the homeless; donate today!

If you are interested in helping these youth who are homeless, a donation to the CHAMPION Fund is a great way to start.  When you donate money to our cause, you will be helping sustain our community driven outreach programs that have helped thousands of at-risk youth over the years.  By providing health care and mental health services to at-risk youth, we not only help to improve their short term situation, but also help them to develop into productive adults who are valued members of their respective communities.  With the ever growing population of homeless and at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area, there has never been a time when the need was greater.  If you can provide support to our youth who are homeless, a donation of any amount will be put to good use in support of our many programs.

A homeless donation can save a life.

In fact, the unique needs of at-risk and homeless youth are often misaligned with programs offered and supported by the federal government.  While there are many programs aimed at helping younger children, the at-risk population of youth is all but forgotten when it comes to government funding and programs.  For whatever reason, there is little funding in this area, which is why we have to rely so heavily upon community support to sustain our programs.  These at-risk youth deserve access to health care and mental health services just as much as anyone else, which is why we have undertaken this huge task.  While we still have a ways to go, we have helped to make an impact by improving the lives of many at-risk youth over the years.  When provided with basic health care and support, many of these individuals start to turn the corner to a more promising future.  Our services are sometimes able to provide the spark needed to get these individuals headed down the right path.

If you are reading this and you would like to help these youth who are homeless, a donation to the CHAMPION Fund will always be put to good use.  Our efforts are designed to target such problems as teen pregnancy, gang membership, undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues, and more.  Please take a look around our website so you can learn more about the different programs we provide, and see how these programs help the community as a whole.


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The Division of Adolescent Medicine is a unique resource in Los Angeles. We provide comprehensive care to adolescents with chronic illnesses like cystic fibrosis, cancer and spina bifida, and treat young people with problems such as eating disorders or depression. We also provide medical, social and psychological support for thousands of vulnerable youth ages 12 to 25, who are homeless, living with HIV, struggling with drug addiction, or growing up in neighborhoods burdened by poverty and crime. The Division helps pregnant and parenting teens master the skills they need to raise healthy children, provides counseling to gay, lesbian and transgender youth, and offers outreach to help youth avoid gangs through mentoring and enrichment activities.

Since 1997, your donations to the CHAMPION Fund (formerly the Huckleberry Fund) have helped us provide critical services to help adolescents and their families. This year has been tougher than usual due to government cutbacks that have impacted our programs while the economic downturn has increased the needs in our community.

The CHAMPION Fund is aggressively moving forward with a new Board of Directors led by Dr. Marvin Belzer and an energetic, experienced Executive Director, John Ireland. Dr. Belzer has been named as one of America’s Top Doctors and CHLA was one of only ten children’s hospitals in the nation — and the only children’s hospital on the West Coast—named to the U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Roll of the best hospitals. The CHAMPION Fund is committed to strengthening our health center, our programs for vulnerable youth, and our training programs for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Please consider donating individually or making the CHAMPION Fund your company or family’s charitable beneficiary for the holidays.

If you would like to become more involved, please email John at jireland@chla.usc.edu or call (323) 361-4759. We would love to have you visit us to learn more about the work we do and how you can join us in improving kids’ lives.

With much gratitude,
Dr. Richard Mackenzie
Founder, CHAMPION Fund


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