Big Support for Little Patients

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 Diana Cavagnaro(center) and George Bates, owner/operator of Designer Millinery in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, present a check for $5000 to support the UCSD Department of  Pediatrics  Hematology/Oncology Program.  

Accepting on behalf of the program is Faith Kung, M.D. (left), UCSD chief and professor of pediatric hematology/oncology and member of UCSD Cancer Center.  Also on-hand for  the festivities were (l-r) UCSD Pediatric Oncology patients Ruben Perez  and Ribelino Honorato, as well as Curtis Boer, standing in for his sister,  Kailey, who is a patient in the program.  The check represents the  proceeds from the 5th Annual Village Hat Shop Easter Bonnet Parade and Hat  Contest, which took place in the Gaslamp Quarter in April.  During the  fund-raising event, co-chaired by Cavagnaro and Bates, children created millinery masterpieces, which they then modeled in a special parade up  Fifth Avenue.  The event also included clowns, face painting and an Easter  egg hunt at the Horton Grand Hotel.  For additional information on the  event, visit the Web: <>