Children's Hospital Los Angeles has announced a $5 million commitment from Tom Gores and his wife, Holly, to establish a pediatric allergy treatment center.
To be based in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, the Gores Family Allergy Center will expand clinical treatment for children with severe and life-threatening allergies — in particular food allergies. The first of its kind in Los Angeles, the center will focus initially on boosting CHLA's treatment capabilities by hiring a physician allergist, a dietician, a psychologist, and a registered nurse who will coordinate clinical studies focused on innovative treatments for food allergies. The center also will engage in community outreach to local schools to ensure that staff and students are educated about allergies.
In 2013, the Gores' daughters, Catherina and Amanda, inspired by their brother's severe food allergies, founded a charitable fundraising entity called EpiPals in partnership with CHLA. In the three years since, EpiPals has raised more than $1 million for the hospital in support of education, awareness campaigns, and the distribution of EpiPens to underserved Los Angeles communities.
"Children's Hospital Los Angeles is grateful for this partnership and the Gores family's commitment to the special care required for treatment of childhood allergies," said CHLA president and CEO Paul S. Viviano. "In the United States alone, nearly six million children under the age of 18 suffer from a food allergy. For some of these children, a chance brush with trace amounts of the wrong food can place them in a battle for their lives."