Chan Division News
Occupational Therapy Students and Alums Participate in “Celebrate Life with HOPE”
July 13, 2010
Each year, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles’ Hematology-Oncology Psychosocial and Education (HOPE) Program holds their signature event, Celebrate Life with HOPE, to honor childhood cancer survivors and their families.
This is one of the largest annual events of its kind and is filled with fun, food, and entertainment. Celebrate Life with HOPE emphasizes life-long health promotion and wellness through a health fair with booths run by hospital, community, and national agencies.
This year’s Celebrate Life with HOPE was held on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Paramount Studios’ New York City backlot. On this day, USC’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy had the privilege of hosting the event’s first-ever Occupational Therapy booth! The booth was staffed by USC OS/OT Professor, Dr. Sharon Cermak; USC OTD resident and HOPE Program extern, Jennifer Slusser; recent USC OT alumni: Lan Le, Jennell Mundorf, and Erika Trejo; and USC OT Masters student, Lisa Tran. This first-ever OT booth provided an excellent opportunity to promote awareness of occupational therapy and help attendees learn more about what occupational therapists do, including our role in health promotion and wellness.
(submitted by Jennifer Slusser, OTD student)