UCLA Bruin Run/Walk is a non-profit, student-run organization that holds a 5K run/walk in the spring at UCLA to raise awareness and funds for the Chase Child Life Program at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.
Bruin Run/Walk is one of twelve committees within UCLA's Student Wellness Commission. We are responsible for putting on one of the biggest student-run events on campus every year: a 5K in the spring that benefits the Chase Child Life Program at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. It brings together students, UCLA faculty, and members of the greater LA community for a wonderful cause.
The Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Chase Child Life Program was established in 1968 in recognition of the unique needs of its pediatric patients, whom were critically and chronically ill. This program was one of the first in the nation, and has served as a model for other medical centers to follow. A commitment to the continuity of the care of its patients and a highly developed volunteer program are two facets that distinguish the program from others.
The Chase Child Life Program supports the entire families of its patients by helping children, adolescents, and their siblings acclimate to the healthcare environment. Child Life Specialists support the development of these patients by using play time and education to help them cope through life's stressful events.
The Annual Bruin Run/Walk 5K has been a tradition on the UCLA campus for over 20 years. Last year, we had around 850 participants for our event and were able to raise over $30,000 for the Chase Child Life Program. Our committee of 30 UCLA undergraduate students work closely together with the Mattel Children’s Hospital in order to make this event possible.