Pasadena Philanthropist Pledges up to $500,000 Donation to Operation Walk

Published : Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 10:07 AM

Pasadena-based philanthropist Carolyn Miller

Pasadena-based philanthropist Carolyn Miller announced she will donate up to $500,000 in matching funds to Operation Walk, a Los Angeles nonprofit medical humanitarian organization that provides joint replacement surgeries to people in need in the United States and internationally.

Operation Walk, founded by Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr in 1995, has performed hip and knee replacement surgery for more than 10,000 individuals in 15 countries, including China, India, the Philippines, India, Mexico and the United States.

The nonprofit has orthopedic teams recruited from Denver, Chicago, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Utah, Massachusetts, New York and Canada to join their humanitarian surgical efforts to help more individuals regain their mobility and their livelihoods.

Operation Walk is now an international organization with 14 chapters in the U.S., two in Canada, and one in Ireland, with one being planned in Denmark.

In addition to leading Operation Walk, Dr. Dorr practices at USC Keck Hospital and is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine.

Miller started helping Operation Walk 20 years ago when her late husband, Charles D. Miller, then-chairman and CEO of the Avery Dennison Corp. and a patient of Dr. Dorr, was asked to serve on the organization board of directors. She joined the board shortly thereafter, and in 2016 was elected president of the board.

Miller’s matching funds donation is part of a campaign to help Operation Walk raise $1 million to establish an endowment that will cover its future operating expenses. Funds raised in the campaign will go toward in-country team support and patient needs.

As a volunteer-based organization, Operation Walk’s surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, internists and anesthesiologists do not receive pay for their services. The members of the medical team even pay for their own airfare, Miller tells Pasadena Independent.

Miller is a longtime resident of Pasadena and supports numerous arts, education and medical organizations in Southern California. Dr. Dorr is also a longtime resident of Pasadena.

To learn more about Operation Walk and to donate to the campaign, visit

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