Ruby Segura drove out with her mom to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) from their Cathedral City home on Wednesday, May 7. They did not go for any sort of treatment or to visit a patient, but Ruby, 10, wanted to donate her birthday money to the kids at the hospital.
“Her sibling was treated at Loma Linda for epilepsy,” said Ruby’s mom, Yvette. “Rather than have a party or gifts, Ruby decided on her own to give the money that would have been spent on her birthday to the hospital.”
Ruby donated $300 to the hospital designating half to go to the pediatric oncology unit and half to toys for the Child Life playrooms. Ruby and her mom delivered the money to LLUCH during the 29thannual Children’s Day, presented by Farmer Boys. After making her donation, she was able to enjoy the various health and safety attractions designed specifically for kids.
“Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is grateful for Ruby’s selfless contribution to the kids in our care,” said Dinah Evans, director of Child Life Services. “Children’s Day is just one of the many ways we try to give back to our community and teach these kids how to be safe in their environment. We’re very pleased to bring a smile to the their faces and make this day all about them.”
Nearly 700 kids from the Inland Empire community attended Children’s Day and took part in activities such as the teddy bear clinic, fire safety and prevention demonstrations, and ambulance tours.