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From Mothers 

A mother struggles with two teens, one of whom has had a heart transplant and a difficult road ahead.  She writes:

“There are so many things to worry about, but you have relieved me of one of the biggest and allowed me to instead focus on the most important, and that is my girls.  Without the worry of ‘are we going to have a home,’ I can focus on A…’s recovery and also on the needs of my other daughter S. and us as a family…I have always taken care of us, and now when I needed to most, I was at a loss and you took care of us.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

This mother of a 13-year-old agonized with her daughter over the nerve damage to one side of the child’s face, part of the impact of a brain tumor. The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation paid for a corrective surgery that also saved her eyesight: She writes, 

“…just knowing that she may regain movement in her face has given my R…. such hope.  She has made an effort to make new friends and is socializing more. She is even talking about going to her senior prom!  I know that if she had not had the surgery, she would never have dreamt of such a thing!   You truly have given her hope and a dream."


From Social Workers

Dear Valerie,

I want to acknowledge the kindness, support, generosity and compassion that you and The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation (ASRLF) provides to our patients and their families. As you know, I have been a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the last 13 years. I am one of the Social Work Team Leaders and am the Social Worker for the Brain Tumor Program. Since its inception several years ago, I have had the pleasure of working with ASRLF and have used it as a resource for many of my families. I cannot fully express to you the impact that this resource has had on so many people. Our patients come from all walks of life and all come with complicated, serious, and often life-threatening medical problems. ASRLF has helped our families to “survive” during their child’s medical crisis by providing funding for some of the most basic needs families have, including food, shelter and transportation.

Compassionate, humane help that no other organizations can or will provide to our families is the hallmark of ASRL.
I appreciate all that you do for our patients and families, and I am honored to know and work with such a noble and generous organization. Thank you for everything you tirelessly do.


Karla M. Garcia, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Neuro-Oncology Program
Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles