CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ "CJ"
CEO & Founder
My family and I were blessed with our own little special angel. My nephew spent 4 years of his life in and out of the hospital facing numerous medical challenges. It was his bright smile, his courageous fight, and his strength that encouraged me to give back to other families that were also facing difficult times. I was truly inspired by the overwhelming love and support from my brother and sister-in-law who continue to remind us of this special soul that came into our lives for a reason. I began volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House, Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, the Make A Wish Foundation, spent my free time walking to raise money for various causes and meeting so many other inspirational children. Jacob is my reason for my career in nonprofit, currently in childhood cancer support. Although my nephews time here on Earth was short, he left his little footprints in my heart forever.
JACOB RYAN JIMENEZ
In Loving Remembrance
Jacob Ryan Jimenez was born on January 9th, 2002 along with his twin brother Joseph. Jacob faced numerous challenges shortly after birth and was diagnosed with VACTERL Association.
Jacob’s short life was filled with many obstacles, but he overcame them with such bravery and a smile that touched many hearts. He endured numerous surgeries, long term hospital stays, testing’s, and drawbacks. Each day he persevered, by walking, talking, and fighting, despite being told he would not have the opportunity to do those things. During hospital stays, he made special connections with doctors and nurses at Valley Children's Hospital and CHLA.
He found joy in playing video games with his brother and dad. He loved the texture of different kinds of socks, the colorful patterns, choosing the characters he was going to wear, and commenting on mom's socks. His mischievous demeanor is often what gave him the strength to fight through each day with a smile.
Jacob became our angel on February 10, 2006 at four years old. He is a child who taught us many things, but most of all “real love.”
My inspiration for this wonderful non-profit comes from the countless little faces I have seen or met in various Children's Hospitals. From volunteering, to being a practicum student in a Child Life program, to being an Intern for Child life, I’ve encountered endless beautiful children that are fighting illnesses and they do it with such bravery. I continue to be inspired by children’s resilience and the love and support from their families. Everyday heroes. This is why our idea to offer colorful and playful socks during their hospital stay came to us. To brighten their day and to remind them that they are as unique as the socks on their feet! Having fun socks during your hospital stay can offer a moment of creative expression and our goal is to offer our fun socks to more patients. Please help us be there for everyday heroes…children all over the world.
ONE CHILD'S STORY
Jennifer met a two year old boy who was thrilled to be going to the hospital playroom, when the nurse looked for the boys socks that he needed to leave his room, they were surprised that he was admitted without any. It turns out this boy did not have anything that belonged to him, let alone socks for his little feet. The nurse went out and found him the general pair that the hospital carried, but they did not fit. She had no choice but to tape them to his ankles and this boy happily walked off, not bothered at all because he couldn't wait to play. Little does this boy know that he changed us forever in that moment, he displayed true happiness in a time of difficulty.
We have encountered numerous stories of hospitalized children being given over-sized, plain, hospital socks. We quickly knew that things had to change..and shortly after Happy Feats was created.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
"On behalf of the children at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we extend our sincere appreciation for your generous donation of wonderfully colorful socks. We are always so excited when we get your shipments of socks because they are so fun to give out to the children. They eagerly review every pair of socks to find the right one. This is one BIG decision to make for some kids!!
The children at CHLA have a wide variety of medical needs, but they each have their own unique response to their hospital experience. Your special gifts really make an impact and create a place for the children to feel a bit better and more supported during their hospital stay. This is worth so much to the children, their parents, and the staff.
Thank you very much for considering our patients and tending to their emotional needs. You have made a big impact with these very thoughtful gifts. You have provided warm feet and warm hearts to our patients and families. We appreciate Happy Feats very much!!"