It is a great honor to serve as Las Madrinas President this year. I am both humbled and inspired by the meaningful support our organization has provided to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles over our long history.

Most recently we honored 56 families for their contributions to the civic and cultural life of Southern California. We also completed the $5 million funding of the Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology and Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program, a commitment we launched five years ago.

2022 marks our organization’s 89th anniversary and the launch of a new $5 million commitment to the Las Madrinas Diagnostic Innovation Endowment supporting the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. With our support, the Department’s team of physicians, laboratorians and researchers will work to develop a new generation of tests for children suffering from leukemia and other types of cancer. The newest Las Madrinas commitment `will ensure continued innovation and transformational care.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with our outstanding Las Madrinas membership who are accomplished and seasoned community leaders from throughout Los Angeles. Together with our exceptional Board of Directors, Las Madrinas remains committed to making a difference in the lives of young patients facing the most difficult of medical circumstances regardless of their ability to pay.

Best Regards,

Elizabeth Williams Shoemaker