The League, Caring for Children with Orthopedic Needs (LCC)
Established in 1936, the League for Crippled Children has raised millions of dollars to assist Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital's mission of providing charity medical care for children. The League is very proud of its history. Mrs. Alvia Brockway (Phoebe) and nine friends, including Lillian Disney, formed the League for Crippled Children. Phoebe Brockway had been crippled in her youth and vowed to devote her life to helping other children with disabilities. Phoebe had been a patient of Dr. Charles LeRoy Lowman, founder of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. At age eight, Phoebe went from being bedridden to walking, thanks to Dr. Lowman. She promised, "If you make me walk, I will always work for you." Thirty years later, the League for Crippled Children was started.
The League is well known in the society circles of Los Angeles for its original Jack O'Lantern Ball that was held in October from 1940 for decades. That tradition enabled the League and its Auxiliaries to fulfill a $1 million endowment fund that makes world-class orthopaedic medical treatment a reality for hundreds of needy children. Also in 1940, Carl Bell Gilmore, founder of the Farmer's Market, donated space and built a "Wishing Well" as a source of charitable support for the League. Even today, the Wishing Well continues to raise funds for the League to donate to the care of patients at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.
The League for Crippled Children is now doing business as The League: Caring for Children with Orthopedic needs (LCC). The League has more than 30 members from throughout the Los Angeles area who contribute their time, effort, care and concern to Orthopaedic Hospital's mission. Monthly board meetings are held at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, and quarterly full-membership meetings are held at various restaurants and venues throughout Los Angeles.
The Auxiliaries for the League include the following
Pinafores of the League for Crippled Children
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For more than 50 years, children from 1st through 8th grade and their parents have participated in the Pinafores, a parent-child organization that brings joy and comfort to Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital patients of all ages. Learning to help others while volunteering and having fun is the primary goal of the Pinafores.Children in this support group learn independently about social responsibility, conducting meetings, fundraising, and making their own decisions in planning parties and activities for patients.
The Pinafores meet monthly at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, where they make blankets, arts and crafts kits, and many holiday-related gifts for the children of LAOH. The Pinafores volunteer at LAOH during the holidays and summer time, host an annual Spring Fling fundraising event, and maintain a pen pal program. Members of the Pinafores graduate to become Juniors of The League.
Juniors of the League for Crippled Children
The Juniors of The League is a parent-child group that channels the energy of high school teens into helping the pediatric patients at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. The Juniors meet monthly throughout the school year. Meetings alternate between members' homes and the downtown campus of LAOH. The Juniors are committed to supporting the pediatric patients in the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital International Children's Program (ICP). The high school Juniors and their parents volunteer and help the children and patients at the International Children's Program's satellite clinic in Calexico, CA on various weekends throughout the year.
For more information on The League: Caring for Children with Orthopaedic Needs and its Auxiliaries, please call the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Volunteer Services Office at: (213) 742-1532.