Speakers

Sophia Stallone

Jennifer Flavin Stallone

2020

Jennifer and Sophia shared their story of Sophia’s diagnosis of a congenital heart defect.  Initially undergoing surgery as an infant, then at 16 undergoing her second open heart surgery, under the care of Dr. Vaughn Starnes at CHLA.  The Stallone’s expressed immense appreciation for the care provided by CHLA and was grateful to learn that all children, regardless of family’s ability to pay, receive CHLA’s world class care. 

Nikki DeLoach

2019

Nikki DeLoach shared her story and gratitude, where the amazing doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles saved her son’s life.  Bennet had his first open heart surgery at five days old and two subsequent surgeries.

Bobbie Gerson

Dr. Lindsay Andras

2018

Dr. Lindsay Andras, an incredibly talented surgeon and Director of the Spine Program, provided insight to the complex journey many of her patients experience. She was joined on stage with Bobbie Gerson, patient family, whose young daughter Sara is being treated for spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affects motor neurons in the spinal cord. Bobbie expressed tremendous gratitude to Dr. Andras, for her compassionate and world class care for young Sara.

Zaheeda Rahemtulla and her daughter, Saira

2017

Zaheeda and her strong, bubbly daughter Saira, gave an impactful speech about Saira’s journey at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Saira was diagnosed in utero with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. Saira has undergone 3 open-heart surgeries and has had a stent placed in her left pulmonary artery during her young life. The Rahemtulla family credits Dr. Vaughn Starnes and his remarkable team at The Heart Institute at CHLA for Saira’s truly miraculous recovery.