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2019 CHOC Children’s Champion Award Honoree

 The William S. and Nancy E. Thompson Foundation
 

For 15 years, Bill and Nancy Thompson have been passionate about serving children and families whose lives are affected by disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  In 2004, they founded the William S. and Nancy E. Thompson Foundation, which supports comprehensive efforts to advance healthcare, education, disability and ASD services.

When CHOC Children’s CEO Kim Cripe shared the great need for ASD-related services in Orange County, the couple decided to expand their resources in the community. Earlier this year, plans were announced for the Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s, named in honor of their $10 million founding gift. The Center will focus on improving outcomes through early diagnosis, addressing behaviors that diminish the family’s quality of life, and establishing a long-term support system for children with complex care needs.  Contribution to national research networks and implementation of best practices will also be major elements of the Center’s work, along with helping families navigate the education system in partnership with Chapman University.

 “We take pride in collaborating with institutions and health care professionals who share our vision to dramatically improve the lives of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and their families,” says Bill. “Our collaboration with CHOC Children’s will complement and expand on the work already being done in Orange County, making a lasting impact on the community and bringing hope to children and families affected by ASD.” 

Because of the William and Nancy Thompson Foundation, Orange County families affected by ASD will have greater access to the life-changing care and services they need. These families will not be alone in their struggles thanks to Bill and Nancy’s inspiring compassion. 
The Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s is set to open in 2019.
 



Previous CHOC Children's Award Honorees

2018
Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation

2017
The Sharon D. Lund Foundation

2016
Sandy Segerstrom Daniels

2015 
Argyros Family Foundation 

2014
Ryan Seacrest Foundation 

2013
St. Joseph Hospital
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

2012
Hyundai Motor America 

2011
The Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Lady Ducks
Susan and Henry Samueli, Owner, Anaheim Ducks
Caroline Marchant, Chairman, Anaheim Lady Ducks

2010
Disneyland® Resort

2009
KISS FM & Ryan Seacrest