Zack Wandell is the man behind the Donut … or more accurately, the Donut Dash. In its 10th year, this Sacramento race through Land Park and to Marie’s Donuts supports Child Life programs at local hospitals. This is the third year UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department has been included and we could not be more grateful!
Zack’s efforts, and those of the Donut Dashers, have made a big difference in the lives of hospitalized kids. Last year’s funds purchased Virtual Reality goggles, as well as SpellBound, an amazing distraction item. A chronic illness beads program is also underway, which will include a special Donut Dash logo bead! From a desktop computer and printer for the teen room, to medical play kits, Legos and Play-Doh, Zack’s efforts have made miracles for the kids and Child Life staff at UC Davis Children’s Hospital!
If the Donut Dash wasn’t enough, Zack also runs the annual Duck Dash and Scoop Scoot which also benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
How long have you been involved with Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis? What has your involvement looked like over time? I started the Donut Dash here in Sacramento, an event that has raised funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital since 2016. From the beginning, the community and staff championed this event as a fundraiser for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which is entirely funded by donations, many of them from CMN. In the first two years of including UC Davis Children’s Hospital in the Donut Dash, almost $100,000 has been raised specifically for this program.
There are so many good causes. Why did you choose to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital? Supporting UC Davis Children’s Hospital was a natural fit for the Donut Dash. This event was originally created to support Child Life Programs, so when our event looked to expand its reach, choosing UC Davis Children’s Hospital was an obvious choice based on how many children it serves.
What is your favorite memory while supporting UC Davis Children’s Hospital? My favorite memory was watching the children run the Donut Dash on the pediatric floor a few days before the actual race at Land Park.
What would you say to people about why they should invest in the health of children’s hospitals? Children have unique challenges while hospitalized that adults don’t experience. More is required to keep children developing and growing while also staying entertained and busy.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]