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Valentine cards brighten up day for kids at Children's Hospital LA

Thousands of strangers made Valentine's Day a little more special for patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
February 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
On this day of sharing love, we've got a big thank you from all the patients, volunteers and staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for all your beautiful cards and uplifting messages. It means so much for to the kids who just can't be home or with their friends on Valentine's Day.

Cody Esphorst, 11, spends most of his holidays in the hospital. He suffers from a rare condition where he's had 3,000 polyps taken out and has battled through two bouts of cancer.

"He's had his colon removed, intestinal blockages, you name it. As you can see though, he's always got a smile on his face," said Jesse Ephorst of Torrance.

Cody was happy to receive a bag of full of Valentine's wishes from people he's never met.

"We've got three other kids at home and to have people show that they care, it really means a lot," said Jesse.

Hospital volunteers got a little extra help delivering the sweet wishes from our own Alysha Del Valle and Bri Winkler. Thanks to Eyewitness News viewers, Children's Hospital received more than 30,000 customized cards, which they also distributed to 35 clinics throughout Southern California.

"You can hear the delight that comes from them when they see that other people outside these walls care about them too," said Wendi Kellaris, manager of volunteer resources at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "All of these things help with becoming well again."

It's not just the patients who are feeling the love, all the good wishes and sweet sentiments are lifting up the spirits of all the people who have to work closely with these patients.

"It's really a special place. You see a lot of love. You can't help but get caught up with that," said Kellaris.