California First Lady Maria Shriver

“Thank you so much for all your efforts to help the Chavez family coordinate the burial of their beloved daughter Paulina.   I understand you were an integral part of the behind the scenes work to secure funding for the family during their time of need.  Please know what in incredible difference you made and I am so grateful.” I still would like to see the rest of her letter saying: “Thank you for the outstanding community work and service to our great state – you are truly an inspiration for all Californians.” 


Ernest Katz, PhD

Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases, CHLA Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychology, KECK-School for Medicine, USC: “As Director of Behavioral Sciences in one of the largest pediatric centers (CHLA), I am very familiar with the tremendous difficulties faced by single parents coping with the serious illness of one of their children.  They are often pressed beyond the breaking point, and I am unaware of any resource other than the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation that targets this at-risk population, offering immediate and direct assistance in desperate situations.  This support is often the difference between a mother’s ability to cope and keep her family intact or get her sick child the life-saving medical care.”


Paul Koretz California 

Assemblyman, 42nd District: 

“I am extremely impressed with the amazing job that you and your staff have done in launching the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation in memory of your beloved son.  It is clear that your efforts have already had an immediate impact upon many families at risk during some of their darkest days.  It is sad to think of the alternative if they did not have your foundation to lean on…I stand ready to do whatever is within my power to support your efforts.”


Rep. Ellen Tauscher

California 10th Congressional District:

“Being a single parent today is hard enough, but being a single parent of a child with a life-threatening illness is both mentally and financially hard-hitting.  This is why the work of the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation is so important.  By relieving the financial burdens of the parent, the Foundation not only allows the parent more peace of mind, but also provides the child with opportunities for a better life.”


Nancy Mansfield, Ph. D.

Executive Director Institute for Families, Patient Advocate, Institute for Maternal & Fetal Health, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles:

“Last week, I tried other means to help the parents of S. Martinez; a family who drove here from across the country with their 5-month only baby to get medical assistance….I was able to secure medical insurance but failed in my attempts to help them with all other problems. I was concerned about how they would buy food; keep their home while they are here, etc.  I made one phone call and filled out one simple form and your foundation made it possible for this baby to have a parent by his side during his chemotherapy. This little baby can rest with his mom by his side and will not be homeless when his treatment is completed.  Your foundation has paid the mortgage on their trailer, their utilities, their insurance and even their phone bill so that this baby can have what he needs, his mom.” 


Begin the Beguine Event Co-Chairs
Dr. Steven and Pamela Hoefflin, with
guest speaker, Mayor Villaraigosa,
and ASRL President Valerie Sobel.