Jason Love’s journey with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and UC Davis Children’s Hospital began when his daughter Emily was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at 2 years old. Today, Emily is now 6 years old and cancer free, thanks to the care and treatment she received at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Jason continues to give back by being an active member of the CMN Business Development Council and hosting the Emily Love Invitational, a co-ed softball tournament now is in its fourth year, which will be held Oct. 22. Please meet Miracle Maker, Jason Love!
How long have you been involved with Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis?
I’ve been involved with CMN for about 4 1/2 years. I met Jacquelyn Mills, director of Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis, at the IHOP National Pancake Day event while Emily was a patient. Jacquie explained what she did and I immediately said I wanted to help out. As a dad of a patient, I didn’t know what else to do.
I attended a business council meeting, was voted on, and am still a member of the council. We participate in the golf tournament, and our family hosts the annual Emily Love Invitational softball tournament in October and a Build-A-Bear event in February.
There are so many good causes. Why do you choose to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital?
UC Davis Children’s Hospital saved our daughter’s life. We didn’t know much about the hospital before Emily was a patient, but the research and the care are unparalleled.
What is your favorite memory while supporting UC Davis Children’s Hospital?
One of my favorite memories is from one of our Build-A-Bear events. We visited a family in the PICU, and during the heart ceremony, the mom and dad made a wish on the heart and they both started crying. It was an extremely intense and special moment, and is a reminder of why we hold the event each year.
How has being involved with UC Davis Children’s Hospital changed your life? Your family’s life?
Emily’s treatment at UC Davis Children’s Hospital lasted three years. During that time, we became aware of other children who have severe illnesses or accidents who may not have their family close by. While Emily was a patient, different groups would visit and do activities with the kids. It always brightened up her day and we want to continue helping children and their families in the same situation.
I think about Emily’s future and the fact that I’m going to dance with her on her wedding day. I know she wouldn’t be here without the support of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
What motivates you as a volunteer?
The same thing: kids that maybe don’t live near the hospital and whose parents can’t stay with them 24/7. There are a lot of of pediatric patients that need our community’s help.
What do you think about every time you volunteer for UC Davis Children’s Hospital?
I think about Emily’s future and the fact that I’m going to dance with her on her wedding day. It’s cheesy, but that’s the number one thing because I know she wouldn’t be here without the support of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
What do you think is the most important thing people don’t know about this hospital?
It’s important for the community to know the high level of care UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides. With the research and technology at the children’s hospital, they provide more advanced care than a regular hospital.
What would you say to people about why they should invest in the health of UC Davis Children’s Hospital?
The innovative research they provide leads to new technology and advancements in the medical field.