NEWS | July 30, 2012

When I Grow Up event to encourage children with heart conditions to dream about their futures

Saturday, Aug. 4 event to be held at the UC Davis MIND Institute


When I Grow Up, an event that encourages children with heart conditions to dream about jobs they may have when they become adults, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the UC Davis MIND Institute on UC Davis' Sacramento campus, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 150 children and their families are expected to attend. The event is by invitation only.

Kimberly Kaufman, founder of Angels for Hearts
Kimberly Kaufman, founder of Angels for Hearts, with Alexis and Christopher Younger at a pediatric heart disease event in early 2012

The young participants, who range in age from toddlers to teens, will have the opportunity to speak with grown-ups including firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, chefs, television personalities and even beauty queens, who will answer questions about their careers.

When I Grow Up is sponsored by Angels for Hearts, Inc., a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping children with heart conditions maintain normal lives despite frequently being hospitalized for their conditions.

Angels for Hearts was founded by Curtis and Patricia Kaufman of Sacramento, whose daughter Kimberly, now 37, has congestive heart failure and is not a transplant candidate. The Kaufmans were moved to start Angels for Hearts to help make the lives of children with heart conditions more normal.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit