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2018 CHOC Children’s Champion Award Honoree

Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation

Cherese Mari Laulhere is remembered by many for her compassion, sincerity and zest for life. An elementary school assignment revealed her dream for peace. As she matured, she continued to nurture that vision by focusing her attention on causes that improved the lives of others, especially children. A bus accident in India tragically ended Cherese’s life when she was 21 years old, but her family and friends make sure her dream lives on through the work of the foundation they created in her name.

The Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation, whose mission is to provide funding and support to charitable organizations that enrich the lives of children and families, donated $5 million to endow the child life department at CHOC Children’s Hospital. In recognition of the foundation’s generosity and to honor the memory of Cherese, the department will be named The Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department.

“Our donation is truly a gift from Cherese, who was committed to making a difference in people’s lives. Supporting CHOC’s child life department and the inspiring ways its specialists and programs positively impact patients and families each and every day is a wonderful tribute to our daughter and her dream to make the world a better place for children,” says Cherese’s parents, Chris and Larry Laulhere.

For more information on Cherese’s story and the impact of the Foundation, please visit


Previous CHOC Children's Award Honorees

The Sharon D. Lund Foundation

Sandy Segerstrom Daniels

Argyros Family Foundation 

Ryan Seacrest Foundation 

St. Joseph Hospital
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

Hyundai Motor America 

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

Disneyland® Resort

KISS FM & Ryan Seacrest