About Our Organization

The idea of the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation was born in 2002, thanks to Tom Walsh’s genuine desire to help children with cancer who lived in Los Cabos and had no options in the state of Baja California Sur where they could receive treatment. He never imagined then that his initiative, generosity and commitment to help these children, would benefit thousands more in the 15 years that have passed.

After more than 60 children were treated in medical programs outside our state borders, our story evolved. In 2012, we were finally able to give the children from Los Cabos and all of Baja California Sur the opportunity to be treated locally. We currently support the pediatric oncology, cardiology and intensive care programs at Salvatierra General Hospital in La Paz, in a successful model of cooperation between the government and the community represented by non-profits. Also, since 2006, we continue to be a source of support for local organizations that do their part in children’s health.

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Words of Appreciation

The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation has made such a difference in the lives of the children of Baja Sur.  Without their help, many children would not have survived the devastation of cancer and heart disease.
I am so grateful to have been a part of this organization from the beginning. I applaud what they have accomplished over these few years, and am in awe of the work that they do for these special children.
We all know that children are our future, and these unselfish and kind hearted volunteers are making these childrens futures become a reality.

– Gail Freels

We met a couple of little patients while we were there and even though they just completed a chemotherapy treatment, it was amazing how happy and energetic they were. Some of the children enjoy staying here so much that they don’t want to return home.It was a most enjoyable and uplifting day!!

– Bruce and Glenda Peacock / Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

¡Wow! no tengo palabras para decir lo que aprendí personalmente fue una experiencia maravillosa, aprendí a valorar más la vida, a ver más de lo que uno puede ver y aprendí a que no nos cuesta nada ayudar a los niños de B.C.S. Muchas gracias!!!!!!!!

Anahi Rivero / Hacienda del Mar

El impacto que tiene la aportación de los ciudadanos a estas causas y que es necesario que nos involucremos todos, hay necesidades que el gobierno no puede cubrir y para esto es necesario que la comunidad se integre y participe.

– Herlinda Estrada / Kreston BSG

Que hoy en día hay un equipo de profesionales comprometidos con la salud de todos los niños enfermos de cáncer y problemas del corazón y no tengan el sustento económico para poder atenderlos, se me quedo muy grabado lo que dijo el Dr. “ahora un niño no se muere por falta de atención”. Son realmente un excelente equipo y seres humanos.

Wendy Avena / Cabo Villas

The Principles That Guide Us

RESPECT for life and for all human beings.
COLLABORATION because we know we can’t do it alone.
EXCELLENCE in the work we do everyday.
SERVICE to the most vulnerable.
JOY to celebrate children’s purest essence.
LOVE for the children we serve.
HOPE to never give up, despite the obstacles.
GRATITUDE to all who believe in us and join us in helping the children every day.


  • Identify new health needs in our community, to find a way to approach a solution.
  • Raise the level of efficacy of the programs we support, so they can be sustainable long-term.
  • Increase awareness in our community, that can generate more donations, especially from local socially responsible companies.
  • Strengthen our leadership role in health and children’s issues, to advocate for public policy that allows a greater impact of our programs and the well-being of BCS children.


Better quality of life for the children of Baja California Sur, through health.


Promote, fund, monitor and strengthen programs that have a focus on health for children in Baja California Sur.


Thomas P. Walsh, Sr.: Founder
Heide Olson: Finance & U.S. Accounting
Sergio Baños: Development
Dr. Rogelio Ortíz Batanero: Medical Programs
Emma Bridger: Grants & Medical Programs

Board of Directors

Felipe Fernandez: Chair – Board
Larry Hendrickson: Past Chair
Chris Erickson: Chair – Development Committee
Mark Conzemius: Chair – Governance Committee
Rosella Coppel: Chair – Grants and Medical Programs
Richard Erickson: Chair – Strategic Planning Committee; Development Committee
Javier Troncoso: Mexico Counsel; Governance Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
Dan Fritz: U.S. Counsel; Governance Committee
Alejandro Centeno: Mexico Accounting; Audit & Finance Committee and Grants; Medical Programs Committee
Gail Freels: Grants; Medical Programs Committee
John Van Brunt: Development Committee
Marco Monroy: Development Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
Richard Lirtzman: Audit & Finance Committee


Marisa Comella

Executive Director, USA and Mexico


Vanessa Figueroa

Development Director, Mex – Los Cabos, BCS


Brisia Velarde

Representative, Mex – La Paz, BCS


Elena Ponce

Development Programs Coordinator – Los Cabos, BCS

Gabriela Palacios

Impact Analysis  – Los Cabos, BCS


Vicente Castro

Administrative Coordinator – Los Cabos, BCS


Erika Amador

Volunteer Coordinator – Los Cabos, BCS