standard-title Los Cabos Children’s Foundation

Los Cabos Children’s Foundation

Charity, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation provides medical, educational, and humanitarian assistance to the children, their families, and the supportive organizations of the Los Cabos area.  LCCF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of the children of Los Cabos and all Southern Baja.

Our story began 2002, when Trisha Pacholski, vice president of Snell Real Estate, alerted me to the fact that some children with leukemia in Los Cabos, Mexico needed help. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been close to my heart for many years, and I attempt to do what I can for children who are suffering from devastating illnesses.

The first challenge was to see whether we could treat the children and get them to South Dakota. Dr. Marwan Hanna, one of the area’s leading pediatric oncologists, is a close friend. We asked if he would treat them, and he said, “absolutely, just get them up here!”

Getting visas for the Mexican children and their families proved extremely difficult and time consuming. In fact, the first three children we planned to treat passed away while waiting for their visas. As a result, we worked with the U.S. Consulate in Cabo and in Tijuana as well as the immigartion service in Tijuana to establish a system to make the process faster and simpler for the sick children and their families. Mike Houston, a U.S. Consular Agent, has been a tremendous support in helping us get visas for them.

LCCF brings USA and Mexican doctors together in Baja! 
Working together in harmony, 5 children were evaluated and the first pediatric cardiac catheterizations were performed.

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Monte Ford, a good friend and executive with American Airlines, also enjoys time in Cabo. We talked to Monte, and as a result, American Airlines has provided airline transportation for all of the children and families we have helped.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls generously agreed to treat the children.

President and CEO Fred Slunecka embraced the concept as being consistent with the mission of Avera McKennan and the Avera network.

Through the genuine caring and exceptional generosity of our partners and supporting organizations, children’s lives have been saved and improved.

And the partnerships and relationships that have sprung up because of this project are truly remarkable.

Our deepest appreciation goes out to everyone who has worked with the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. If you haven’t yet become involved in the foundation, I’d like to personally invite you to learn more about us and become part of our family. It will be one of the most worthwhile and profoundly rewarding things you may ever do.

Our office is in the United States:
Los Cabos Children’s Foundation
PO Box 2057
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2057 USA
Phone: 605-275-6305
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