Every Step Counts for Kids
November 10, l990 was an important day for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). As patients were moved through tunnels and halls from the original building, built in 1964, to a new, six-story building, nearly 1,000 men, women and children walked past the hospital for the inaugural CHOC/Disneyland Community Walk.
The first CHOC Walk stretched over five miles, starting at Main Place Mall in Santa Ana past CHOC and through neighborhoods to the Disneyland parking lot. By its third year, the Walk had outgrown its route and moved to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa for the next nine years.
ln 2002, the CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk returned to the Disneyland Resort where walkers had the unique opportunity to stroll a 5K route through Disneyland Park, Disney’s Califonia Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District. lt was the first event of its kind to take place at the Disneyland Resort and this new venue proved a huge success for the Walk. This walk was the biggest in its history, raising more than $550,000 for CHOC and CHOC at Mission.
The Walk has continued to enjoy annual growth and in 2004, it became CHOC’s first-ever million dollar event. To date the walk is still a favorite among Southern California residents and during its 23 year history has raised more than $21 million for CHOC Children’s and CHOC at Mission.
ln 2012 the CHOC Walk raised over $2 Million dollars with 800 teams and over 15,000 participants coming together for the Children of community.