Success Stories

Uzziel

6-year-old Uzziel was diagnosed with cancer only a few weeks after his family had recovered from COVID-19. Mom stayed with him at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles whenever Dad was able to get a few hours of work, but seeing Uzziel as an inpatient at the hospital was difficult for her. From weekly hospital visits …

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Pretend City Successfully Addressing Social-Emotional & Language Delays

Being a parent is exceptionally hard work. You’re tasked with the job of guiding a human being to success, nurturing their passions, loving them for their imperfections, and discouraging unkind behaviors. All while attending to milestone delays in age-appropriate ways.   This all got so much harder in our new post-quarantine world. Suddenly there are …

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The Miracle of Julian: From Fighting Cancer to College

17-year-old Julian relapsed from Ewing’s Sarcoma in early 2020. The cancer had come back stronger than before, and the family was devastated. Doctors found cancer in his hips, lungs, ribs, and in his bone marrow. Julian needed to undergo 9 months of intensive chemotherapy treatments.   Julian was determined to not allow his diagnosis to …

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Natalie’s Journey out of Darkness and into the Light

Natalie, a current California State University student, is graduating with a degree in Theater and American Studies under the Arts and Education umbrella. She has always had a passion for expressing her abilities through her vocal and musical talents. The arts program was the driving factor in her choice to attend the University.     …

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Why We Tell the Story: A Dream Role Come to Life

“Ti Moune was one of my dream roles ever since I found out what the show was…” actress, Rhyan Wilson, gushes to us. She will headline as the Arts & Learning Conservatory’s very own Ti Moune during their production of Once on This Island, Jr., which opens July 16th at Concordia University’s outdoor amphitheatre.   …

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“I am so thankful for all the support The Wooden Floor gave me during my time as a dancer and in college.” – Emma, The Wooden Floor, Class of 2017

“I am so thankful for all the support The Wooden Floor gave me during my time as a dancer and in college. They taught me the value of giving back to a community and inspired me to do the same, which is why it’s important for me to be involved in their Alumni Professional Network …

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“I’m in the Annual Concert and it is a dream for me.” – Karen, The Wooden Floor Class of 2027

“I love to dance. I used to always dance in my room because I wasn’t brave enough to dance in front of my family. Now The Wooden Floor has helped me be comfortable dancing in front people, which feels good. The Wooden Floor helped me get those nervous thoughts out. I’m in the Annual Concert …

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Sara’s Resilience Amid the Pandemic

Sara, a local Los Angeles resident and mother of two, made the most of this unusual time during the pandemic and refused to let it hinder herself or her family. Sara and her two daughters have been a part of the Children’s Bureau family for multiple years. She first discovered Children’s Bureau while she was …

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Meet Rachel, Reason & Baby D

Rachel had always wanted a large family and having grown up with two adopted siblings, she always considered the option of fostering or adopting. After going through the process to become a certified foster parent with two close friends, she has opened her family to a 17-year-old girl, now 19, and an infant with less …

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Seals Sparking Smiles!

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) launched Seals Sparking Smiles (SSS) in December of 2020. This exciting new addition to the organization’s line-up of free community “give back” programs is geared to provide a memorable and joyful experience for children (up to age 21) who are going through severe personal challenges in their own lives. This …

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