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PHOTO RELEASE: 13-year-old organ transplant advocate donates money from her bar mitzvah to pediatric transplant patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
LOMA LINDA, CA – March 23, 2012 – Morgan Dachis, 13, and her mom, Nina, of Minneapolis, Minn., visited Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital this afternoon (Friday, March 23) to present a check for $1,000 that Morgan collected from her recent bat mitzvah for Children’s Hospital’s organ transplant program. They, along with Morgan’s grandparents, Gary and Elaine Dachis, of Palm Springs, also distributed new blankets to pediatric transplant patients. In 2003, Morgan’s baby brother, 16-month-old Quentin, was taken to Children’s Hospital after being found in the pool of his grandparents’ Palm Springs home. He died a short while later. The family made the selfless decision to donate Quentin’s organs to other children in need, and they have since become strong advocates for organ donation. Last year, about 1,000 children from the Coachella Valley were admitted to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, which is the only Level 1 Trauma Center serving the Coachella Valley. In the picture. In the photo, Morgan Dachis presents the check to Jen Cruikshank, patient care director at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, while Nina Dachis (right) looks on.
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The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in the vast geographic region of the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 277 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children that come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility for Loma Linda University and is part of the Loma Linda University health care system. LLUCH is known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation.