Cisco Systems employees give a young VMC patient a Valentine’s Day for the ages

Cisco employee Karen Spicer isn’t one to take Valentine’s Day lightly. To her, it’s not just a holiday for sweets and maybe romance, but an opportunity to give back. For several years, Spicer and her colleagues at Cisco Systems have raised donations to purchase toys and other Valentine’s gifts for children hospitalized in VMC’s Burn Unit. The gifts help bring a smile to children facing long hospital stays and difficult recoveries. This year, they raised over $5000 in donated cash and toys.

For one young patient, Edgar Flores, the day was extra special. Flores was a former VMC patient who experienced massive burn injuries at the age of 5. The ongoing costs associated with his injury have been difficult for his family to absorb. Last year, Cisco employees raised $1400 for Edgar. This year they nearly doubled that result, presenting Edgar’s family on February 15th with a check for over $2700.

The donation drive is an all-volunteer effort led by Karen and her colleagues at Cisco. Pooling modest donations of $5, $20 and even $100, they turn Valentine’s Day into one of the best of the year for dozens of young patients.

And for the Flores family, a chance to get back on their feet.

Once again, Cisco proves that it’s not only an industry leader in networking and IT services, but one of the Silicon Valley’s best when it comes to philanthropy and employee involvement.

To see Karen and the Flores family together, check out this video.