We got to tag along on a very special Ninja visit! Jessie Graff and Flip Rodriguez stopped by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help the families there celebrate the holiday season. They stopped into some rooms, partied in the play room, and showed off their Ninja skills.
The event was organized as part of All-Stars for Kids, a program at CHLA that brings the sports community together in support of the families served by the hospital.
It was an incredibly special visit for all involved.
With Blanka, they talked TV and movies. Flip MIGHT have shared a super secret clip from a super secret project he’s working on. Jessie shared her “Ninja Song,” which had everyone in the room laughing.
They also figured out that they can pull off some serious moves in a tiny space!
David wanted to know which obstacles were the hardest. Jessie and Flip went over some of the more difficult obstacles, like the Cliffhanger, but also how the elements of nature are an obstacle when they film late at night.
The playroom was a smorgasbord of fun, with holiday arts and crafts, “Cars” playing on the TV, and lots of smart, strong and adorable kids.
Andy, who was totally convinced that he was NOT hooked to any equipment, kept Flip busy with puzzles and car racing.
Flip wanted to show off ONE more backflip, but little Sasha was scared for him! She was deeply concerned he’d hurt himself, no matter how many times Jessie assured her that Flip is a professional.
She totally melted into delight when he landed the flip, yelling out, “You’re a professional!”
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been ranked the top children’s hospital in California and sixth in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. CHLA is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.
Everything at CHLA is designed to treat children. CHLA offers more than 350 programs and speciality services just for kids. Each and every gift to CHLA provides critical, lifesaving care to patients from not only the Los Angeles area, but from all 50 states and from more than 50 countries around the world.
While it was a short morning trip for Jessie, Flip and the rest of the All-Stars for Kids ambassadors, it was a memory that will last for a very long time.
If you would like to make a donation to Children’s Hospital LA, please visit CHLA.org/DONATE.