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Panda Cares Day celebrates long-standing children’s hospital partnership with Panda Express

Panda express and hospoital empoyees in masks psoe outside UC Davis Children's Hospital.
Even during the pandemic, local Panda Express teams have gone above and beyond for patients and families at UC Davis Chidlren’s Hospital.

Panda Express has raised funds for local children’s hospitals across the country since 2007 through its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. To commemorate this long-standing relationship and further support kids, CMN at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is celebrating its partnership during Panda Cares Day, Sunday, Aug. 8.

As the only local CMN Hospital in inland Northern California, all funds raised through Panda Cares, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express, stays local and funds the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional side of children’s health care needs. This includes funding for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which provides support for patients and families alike.

Little boy plays with toys in a toy box at the hospital.
While in-patient for cancer treatment, Marshall Westbrook enjoys time in the play room at UC Davis Children’s Hospital (picture taken pre-COVID).

“Child Life made the difference in our experience and in our son’s future,” said Kyle Westbrook, whose son Marshall battled cancer. “Our son thrived in the face of years of adversity, thanks to Child Life. Support enables these vital services to continue. For that, there are not enough ways to express our gratitude.”

Panda Express is one of the highest-giving CMN Hospitals corporate partners. The restaurant raises money through various initiatives, including asking each guest to round-up at the register, placing donation boxes in stores, an employee giving campaign, and  tapping corporate partners through an annual golf tournament, Despite financial losses suffered by restaurants during the pandemic, Panda Express guests and associates in 2020,  raised more than $22 million for CMN Hospitals, helping the organization improve kids’ health and change the future.