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Change Kids’ Health, Change the Future During Lunar New Year at Panda Express

Today marks the beginning of Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac. Lunar New Year celebrates the coming together of family and friends to feast and welcome the new year and is the most important festival in China.


Since 2007, Panda Express has been bringing good fortune to millions of kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by asking for donations at the register all year long. Funds donated stay local and impact patients and families in our community. Additionally, Panda began opening Centers of Hope, which are hospital spaces designed to provide a safe and comforting place where kids can be kids again.


We want to join alongside the associates and guests celebrating this Lunar New Year and take a moment to recognize the immense impact made on the Lauren Small Children’s Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in 2020. More than $155,000 was raised to help local kids like Isabel Williams get better.


We are grateful for the ongoing partnership with Panda and the many ways they address the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of children, bringing them courage and hope to heal and thrive. Here’s Isabel’s story:


To bring good fortune to your family this year, visit your nearest Panda Express location to pick up a meal and celebrate Lunar New Year.


Ruth Ajuchan – Panda General Manager, Ken Keller – Memorial Hospital CEO, Ana Avila – Panda General Manager, Katy Harker – Memorial Hospital Director of Pediatrics, Jerry Pung – Panda ACO, and Andrea Mora – Panda General Manager


Isabel Williams – 2021 Local CMN Champion and Former Patient – Age 12