We are participating in the Loyola Medicine Virtual 5K this month (June 2021), to support pediatric health care programs at Loyola University Health System in Memory of Jose Aaron Ochoa.
Jose Aaron Ochoa,
A son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend to many, he will forever live in our hearts. At 24 Jose fought valiantly against Stage 4 Wilm’s Tumor for a year and a half, on November 14, 2015 Jose passed. Because that type of cancer is rare in adults, Jose was treated in the Ronal McDonald Pediatric Unit at Loyola Medicine.
Jose touched many hearts, he was the best friend all of us ever wished for, so kind, caring and so brave. Jose can't really be described, there are too many words we have all used to describe him and it feels like it's still short of all that he was. He always made us laugh, he was such a loving, creative soul.
Jose liked to run, he wanted to get in shape before he got sick and was a runner, so I wanted to do this on his memory with the help of all of you, and in the process fundraise for the hospital that helped him during the worst times. All proceeds will go directly to Loyola Medicine.
We just wanted to take a moment to thank Loyola Medicine for being there for him and doing everything they could. He always joked that the nurses spoiled him and he felt truly cared for. Thank you!
Each year, thousands of families turn to Loyola to care for their sick or injured children. By joining me or making a donation to this cause, you are helping to celebrate health, inspire hope and become a hero for Loyola's youngest patients.
Did you know...
Loyola University Medical Center is the birthplace of the world’s smallest surviving baby. The baby was born on September 19, 2004 and weighed just 9.17 ounces.
The overall survival rate of infants in Loyola’s NICU is 98 percent. As a level-III perinatal center, Loyola offers the latest technology, therapies and techniques to care for premature and sick infants.
Loyola's Pediatric Mobile Health Unit was the first of its kind in the Midwest. This 13-ton, 40-foot clinic on wheels has treated more than 100,000 children throughout Chicago and its suburbs.
Loyola's Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital opened in 1996 as a hospital within a hospital, offering a 50-bed level-III NICU, a 14-bed pediatric intensive care unit, a monitored unit for infants and toddlers, and 34 general pediatric beds.
Join me today and you can be a hero, too!