by LYDIA COBB | photos by Soul of Photography

Children’s Hospital Helper

Julie Luther sees a future where more children can benefit from cutting-edge medical care at Rady Children’s Hospital. For the past nine years she has volunteered with the hospital’s Auxiliary in the North Coast unit. Julie shared, “I was introduced through friends who were passionate about advocating for children’s health in San Diego.” She is actively involved in fundraising for various hospital departments. “One of the most memorable was the year our unit was able to raise the funds to buy a much-needed van for the Chadwick Center, which helps to transport patients who wouldn’t be able to get to the center without it,” reflected Julie. “Right after we raised the money, the engine on their old van gave out and they were so grateful to have the funds to purchase a new van right away and continue that service for their patients.”

volunteer_luther2Julie, a Jazzercise instructor and homemaker, and her husband Mike have lived here for 13 years. They have two young teens, Gemma and Ryan. When she’s walking her dog, Julie runs into people she knows, which is part of why she loves this small beach community. In addition to their dog, cat, and bearded dragon, the Luthers foster puppies through Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She also loves to exercise, which influenced her to begin teaching Jazzercise two years ago. “It’s so much more fun to exercise with a group than by myself,” she added.

Being involved means giving back. “The Auxiliary has so many interesting and incredible people who are involved, all with the same mission of advocating for the health and well-being of San Diego’s children,” reflected Julie. New members are welcomed throughout the year. The upcoming 5th Annual Date Night for a Cause is March 11 at The Belly Up, which will be headlined by Atomic Groove and will feature hosted appetizers and auction packages. It will support Kawasaki Disease research, which Julie explained, is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children. Julie Luther supports healthy kids and healthy communities by giving her time, talents, and passion.

Name: Julie Anne Luther
Community: Solana Beach
Volunteer Affiliation: Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary – North Coast Unit
Profession: Homemaker and Jazzercise instructor
Family: Husband – Mike; son – Ryan (13);
daughter – Gemma (15)
Interests: Exercise, walking, gardening
Favorite Local Spots: Waters Catering & Fine Foods, Rubio’s

Group: Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary – North Coast Unit
Mission: To work in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego to support its mission through advocacy for the health and well-being of children, and increase community awareness of Rady Children’s Hospital and fundraising.