Established in 1936, the League for Crippled Children has raised millions of dollars to assist Orthopaedic Institute for Children's mission of providing charity medical care for children. The League is very proud of its history. Mrs. Alvia Brockway (Phoebe) and nine friends, including Lillian Disney, formed the League for Crippled Children. Phoebe Brockway had been crippled in her youth and vowed to devote her life to helping other children with disabilities. Phoebe had been a patient of Dr. Charles LeRoy Lowman, founder of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. At age eight, Phoebe went from being bedridden to walking, thanks to Dr. Lowman. She promised, "If you make me walk, I will always work for you." Thirty years later, the League for Crippled Children was started.
The League is well known in the society circles of Los Angeles for its original Jack O'Lantern Ball that was held in October from 1940 for decades. That tradition enabled the League and its Auxiliaries to fulfill a $1 million endowment fund that makes world-class orthopaedic medical treatment a reality for hundreds of needy children. Also in 1940, Carl Bell Gilmore, founder of the Farmer's Market, donated space and built a "Wishing Well" as a source of charitable support for the League. Even today, the Wishing Well continues to raise funds for the League to donate to the care of patients at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children.
The League for Crippled Children is now doing business as The League: Caring for Children with Orthopedic neesd (LCC). The League has more than 30 members from throughout the Los Angeles area who contribute their name, effort, care and concern to Orthopaedic Institute's mission. Monthly board meeting are held at the Orthopaedic institute for Children, an dquarterly full-membership meetings are held at various restaurants and venues throughout Los Angeles.