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.
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.