Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny lifted the spirits of children receiving treatments at the UC Davis pediatric infusion center on Sept. 4. The characters were there to entertain staff and patients and to help welcome UC Davis Cancer Center to Cure Kids Cancer, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of and funding for pediatric cancer programs.

The Looney Tunes characters are often seen entertaining children at Six Flags theme parks, one of the first Cure Kids Cancer sponsors.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., also helped launch Cure Kids Cancer in our region with the first "A Walk In The Park," a 2K walk-a-thon on Sunday, Sept. 7. Walking together with hundreds of kids and their families was Candace Cameron, a star of the popular family TV show "Full House," and Cure Kids Cancer ambassador Cheyanne Eller, a 13-year-old cancer survivor who was treated for leukemia at UC Davis Cancer Center.

Bugs Bunny and Daffy visit UC Davis Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck delighted children and staff in the UC Davis pediatric infusion center.

Cure Kids Cancer is a spinoff of Children's Miracle Network, a nationwide alliance of premier children's hospitals that has included UC Davis Children's Hospital since 1989. More than 170 Cure Kids Cancer hospitals provide diagnosis, life-saving cancer treatments, cutting-edge research and pediatric cancer education programs that support children with cancer and offer hope for the future. Donations from the community directly help children with cancer in that community.

"We're thrilled to extend the success of Children's Miracle Network to the programs and research that specifically help children with cancer," said Jacquelyn Kay-Mills, Children's Miracle Network manager for UC Davis Health System. "This new effort gives us the chance to welcome sponsors that share our goal of improving the lives of children with cancer and are committed to funding the critical research that will help find new treatments and save lives."

To participate in Cure Kids Cancer, contact Kay-Mills at (916) 734-9192 or jacquelyn.kay-mills@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu. For more information about UC Davis pediatric cancer programs, visit www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/cancer.