Published : Monday, April 9, 2018 | 7:30 PM
At its annual meeting, President Lisa Brandt of Pasadena, presented Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr., chief of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with the gift on behalf Pasadena non-profit Las Madrinas.
In 2017, Las Madrinas committed $5 million to the Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program.
Funds raised by Las Madrinas are a crucial investment in CHLA’s Neurological Institute, a first-of-its-kind program that brings experts from the Division of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery together to provide well-coordinated, comprehensive treatment.
The program is a collaboration facilitating a continuum of care, allowing an interdisciplinary team of specialists to guide around 16,000 infants, children and adolescents who have neurological conditions throughout all stages of illness—from diagnosis to treatment to surgery and rehabilitation—every year, according to Las Madrinas’ site.
Also according to the site, the organization hopes to “ensure that children in our community with a neurological disorder can always rely on Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the highest-quality care, the type of care that frees a child from debilitating seizures, helps a teen with muscular dystrophy regain strength and creates hope for patients diagnosed with a brain tumor.”
Four Las Madrinas members were also honored during the meeting for their extraordinary generosity to the organization, and their names will be added to the organization’s plaque, displayed in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
In its annual meeting, Las Madrinas also elected its new board of directors for 2018 which includes Katherine Johnson (treasurer), Kristin Harrison (ball chairman) and Lisa Brandt (past president) of Pasadena, and Chantal Bennet (recording secretary) and Anne Ryan (corresponding secretary) of San Marino. The newest members of Las Madrinas were also introduced and included Allie Dietrick, Sheridan Link, and Maggie Sabbag, all residents of Pasadena.