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Kids helping kids: Dakota Fanning hosts 5K to help UCLA pediatric patients

UCLA's littlest patients will get a boost this year from someone they can identify with, when teenaged actress Dakota Fanning hosts the university's 10th annual 5K Run/Walk benefitting Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
 
Actress Dakota Fanning
Actress Dakota Fanning
Some tiny tots even join the run — previous competitors range in age from 5 to 95, drawn from the Bruin family and the community.
 
Proceeds from registration fees go directly to helping the hospital's Child Life/Child Development Program. Established in 1968, the program addresses the unique needs of pediatric patients — especially the critically and chronically ill — by offering play therapy, expert consultations and support for the patients and their families. The program was one of the first of its kind in the country and continues to be a model for other medical centers.
 
The 5K begins at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 5, on UCLA's campus. Registration is open, at $25 for individuals, $20 for individuals in teams of at least six members, and free for children age 5 and under. For more information or to register, please visit www.runwalk.ucla.edu.
 
Fanning, star of movies such as "Coraline" and "The Cat in the Hat," will be joined by other celebrity guests. In addition to the 5K run/walk through the UCLA campus, the student-organized event will feature live entertainment, a silent auction, prizes, and activities for kids, including a bounce-ball station and face painting.
 
Check in begins at 6 a.m. Sunday at UCLA's Wilson Plaza, located at 308 Westwood Plaza, followed by the opening ceremonies at 7, the run/walk at 7:30, and closing ceremonies at 10.
 
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