Calling all superheroes! Valley Children’s Hospital is hosting it's second annual “Run with the Heroes” 5k Fun Run & Family Walk on Saturday, April 22nd in partnership with The Autism Center at Fresno State. George's Pass is a program to improve care and provide a better, more individualized experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Named after Valley Children's George the Giraffe mascot, George's Pass eases the child's hospital stay through education, personal tours, hands-on activities and more. Valley Children's is the only dedicated pediatric healthcare network and hospital between Los Angeles and the Bay Area treating hundreds of ASD patients a year. George’s Pass addresses each child’s specialized needs from the moment they enter the hospital until they are discharged. George’s Pass is the only program of it's kind in the region and recently expanded hospital-wide in the Fall of 2016, making Valley Children’s an autism-friendly hospital. All proceeds of our event go to the George's Pass program.
Program highlights include:
George's Pass icon to identify patients to the entire healthcare team
Reduced exposure to noisy areas of the hospital
Individualized tours, education and hands-on activities with iPads and interactive toys
Private post-op recovery rooms where parents are welcome even prior to the child awakening from anesthesia
Various "Social Stories" composed largely of pictures to guide the child step-by-step through the hospital experience
Dress up as your favorite superhero and run, walk or fly to the finish! The 5k fun run will be chip timed. The stroller and wheelchair friendly course will take you around our hospital campus.
Participants of the 5k & Family Walk will be served "Hotcakes for Heroes" pancake breakfast after the walk. Join us for carnival games, sensory friendly zone and information booths from Central Valley organization/businesses that support Autism.
For kids 12 years and under, registration is FREE with a registered adult. Please make sure they are registered so they will receive a FREE superhero cape (LIMITED quantities available).
Packet Pickup times: Friday April 21th 4:00-7:00pm Fleet Feet Fresno (Corner of Ft Washington and Friant)
Registration ends on April 1st and will NOT be available on race day.