Supporting the Trauma Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Alexandra and Nicholas arrived home one day to a parent’s worst nightmare – a fire truck pulling into their driveway and the family’s nanny cradling the oldest of their triplets. Four-year-old daughter, Tasie, had been struck by a 250-pound wooden statue, and was unconscious.

Tasie was taken by ambulance to Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Upon arrival at the hospital’s Trauma Center, Alexandra began to feel better. “As soon as we arrived at Rady Children’s, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Once we crossed the threshold, I felt hope for the first time.”

Six hours later, Tasie was stabilized, and the chief of neurosurgery could give Alexandra and Nicholas cautious optimism. Surprisingly, the skull fractures resulted in minimal brain trauma. They could visit Tasie in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she was intubated and on a ventilator with multiple catheters and monitoring devices. She was halfway through her second blood transfusion.
Tasie spent a total of five weeks at Rady Children’s. “What helped give us strength through these medical hurdles was knowing that Tasie had a devoted team of experts supporting her both at Rady Children’s and at home with her siblings. Every part of her was taken care of,” Alexandra explained.

Today, Tasie is an active 10-year-old who loves riding horses and has successfully competed in Mandarin language competitions.

From prevention to recovery, Rady Children’s Hospital is focused on eliminating injury as the leading cause of death for children. The broad scope of its trauma program begins with outreach and includes pre-hospital care, transport, emergency, diagnostic, surgical, acute care and rehabilitation, as well as education, advocacy and research.

As the region’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center – the highest designation for trauma care verified by the American College of Surgeons – Rady Children’s cares for more than 1,000 trauma patients from San Diego and surrounding counties each year.

Support for the 109th Anniversary Charity Ball helps ensure that Rady Children’s will continue to provide state-of-the-art trauma services for children in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Please join Chairman Phylicia Cicalo-Aiken and her husband Joseph on February 10, 2018 at the Hotel del Coronado.

The Charity Ball has no silent or live auctions, nor any other solicitations for funds during the event. Their Souvenir Program is the main source of fundraising and serves as an important chronicle of the history of San Diego families and businesses committed to making our community a better home for every citizen. Be a part of this San Diego tradition by joining the Everything’s Coming Up Roses and Lollipops volunteer committee or support by attending the Charity Ball, or sponsoring the Souvenir Program. Your generosity helps provide critical care to children in times of crisis.