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League, Caring for Children

Established in 1936, the League for Crippled Children has raised millions of dollars to assist Orthopaedic Institute for Children'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 the Orthopaedic Institute for Children.

The League for Crippled Children is now doing business as The League: Caring for Children with Orthopedic neesd (LCC). The League has more than 30 members from throughout the Los Angeles area who contribute their name, effort, care and concern to Orthopaedic Institute's mission. Monthly board meeting are held at the Orthopaedic institute for Children, an dquarterly full-membership meetings are held at various restaurants and venues throughout Los Angeles.

League Auxiliaries: The Auxiliaries for the League include the following

Pinafores of the League for Crippled Children

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 Orthopaedic Institute 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 the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, where they make blankets, arts and crafts kits, and many holiday-related gifts for the children of OIC. The Pinafores volunteer at OIC 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 the Orthopaedic Institute for Children. The Juniors meet monthly throughout the school year. Meetings alternate between members' homes and the downtown campus of OIC. 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 Orthopaedic Institute for Children's Volunteer Services Office at: (213) 742-1534.