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Dealership makes key donation to aid hospital neonatal unit that saved the life of a family member

March 20, 2011

POMONA - Roger Hogan and his sons understand the importance of having a hospital with a well-equipped neonatal intensive care unit.

Hogan's son, Roger Jr., made use of just such a place - Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's NICU - when he was born there two months early and was dealing with the physical challenges resulting from under-developed lungs.

"He was three pounds and change, definitely struggling to survive," the elder Hogan said this week.

The infant was in the NICU for about six to seven weeks where the constant monitoring, care and access to specialized health care professionals made a difference, Hogan Sr. said.

Without them Roger Jr. "definitely would not have made it," his father said.

Today Roger Jr., 29, along with his brother Stephen, 31, and Kyle, 26, are in the automotive business with their father, the owner of Claremont Toyota.

The family and their business have supported hospital fundraisers in the past, Stephen said, but this year they were asked if they would consider greater involvement for the hospital's 7th annual Wine Tasting.

Claremont Toyota served as title sponsor and contributed $25,000 to the event which benefits the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics unit.

The contribution helped raised $73,000, said Kathy Roche, hospital spokeswoman.

Through past fundraiser the hospital has been able to make purchases of state-of-the-art

equipment including specialized NICU cribs that simulate the temperature and humidity infants would have if they were still in their mothers' wombs, Roche said.

"The Hogan family and Claremont Toyota have clearly set the pace with their support of the 2011 Wine Tasting to benefit the hospital's children's services and most importantly the NICU," she said.

"Their generosity has been exceptional and we're pleased to have them as part of the annual event but the most appreciative are our local residents and especially our most vulnerable and smallest patients and their families," Roche said.

The invitation to increase their assistance was extended just about the time when Japan was hit by a powerful earthquake followed by a tsunami and grave problems associated with a damaged nuclear power plant that was expected to affect Toyota's vehicle production.

Still he and his brother Kyle, who is also a manger, at the Claremont business, talked over the idea of making a $25,000 donation to the fundraising event and presented it to their father who supported them.

"How can you pass up an opportunity to help?" Stephen said.

Several generations of the Hogan family were born at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and have lived in Pomona, Stephen said, including himself and Kyle.

Created: 05/13/2011 12:30:08 PM PDT

By Monica Rodriguez Staff Writer

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