PCH Auctions Have Now Raised Over $11,000!

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Yesterday, the Foundation team wrapped up our third round of online auctions to benefit the patients of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, by selling a collection previously unsold items for a period of 24 hours. Bicycles, sofas, a document scanner, and assorted gift cards to restaurants and venues were among the most prized items by bidders, who have collectively contributed over $11,000 to PCH through their “bids to help kids.” We want to thank these auction bidders for their contributions, congratulate them on their great deals, and provide information related to item delivery and pickup. We also want to thank the volunteers, merchants and staff who contributed […]

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The heART of Things

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Art has always been near and dear to Neiman Marcus’ heart. Their stores are filled with original artwork and have longstanding partnerships with art institutions. Stanley Marcus believed, “Art enhance[s] the quality of people’s lives and the customer’s shopping experience.” We at Phoenix Children’s Hospital agree! Bandages, medicine and compassionate care are not the only things relied upon for our patients to heal. We also use paint, crayons and crafts to heal the whole child! We do this through the Hospital’s art program, ArtWorks. This wonderful program launched over 25 years ago, and helps support the Center for Cancer and […]

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Come Play with us at the Teddy Bear Fair!

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Come out and play with us! The Teddy Bear Fair is sure to be an event to remember. The community has rallied to support PCH and attendees are surely in for treat. Some of our Arizona favorites are ready to join in the fun too! Don’t miss Howler from the Coyotes & The Gorilla from the Phoenix Suns.  Every kiddo in attendance will receive their very own stethoscope to keep their teddy (or other fuzzy friend) in tip top shape. Ice Den has partnered with PCH to make this a memorable event for everyone. The Ice Den is a world-class ice […]

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A Free Treat for your Sweet Support!

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There aren’t many things better than a delicious Jersey Mike’s Sub. That is, except for a Jersey Mike’s Sub that helps our patients! Jersey Mike’s newest location on Camelback and 17th Street is officially open and generously raised over $2,000 for our patients through their grand opening. With their newest location just minutes from the hospital, Jersey Mike’s wanted to share a coupon with all our friends of PCH as a way to say thank you for your support (see below, or grab this PDF version if you’d prefer). No limit to the number of coupons you can use – so be […]

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Challenge Yourself and Help PCH With Miles That Matter

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Whether biking, running, hiking, swimming or good old fashioned walking, people everywhere are trying to work more exercise into their daily lives to stay healthier and happier.  Well, there’s a way that you can challenge yourself to meet a fitness goal and help Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients get the medical treatment they need to be healthier and happier. It’s called Miles that Matter and the first of our three events is coming up soon: The Lifetime Tri Tempe. The Lifetime Tri Tempe will be held on September 21 at beautiful Tempe Beach Park. If you’ve never participated in a triathlon […]

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Second Auction Raises Over $3,700 for PCH Kids

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As I noted in a recent post, a major retailer has partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to provide merchandise each month that the Foundation can auction to help fund critical Hospital programs. Our first two auctions have concluded, resulting in almost $9,000 of funding for PCH! Our most recent auction, which included 36 items, contributed $3,756 of that total. This auction included a kayak, several toys, dog beds, and gift certificates to local restaurants and hotels. All but 3 items that we posted sold during the auction, and those last 3 are available now in a special “last chance” auction, which runs for a […]

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Congrats to Paul Goldschmidt! An MLB All-Star and One of PCH’s MVPs!

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Here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, we always knew Paul Goldschmidt was an All-Star. Now he’s been recognized by Major League Baseball and fans, and will start at 1st Base for the National League at the 2014 All-Stars Game. We couldn’t be prouder of Goldy for his second consecutive All-Star selection! Paul Goldschmidt and his wife Amy have done so much for the community since Goldy joined the Diamondbacks.  Phoenix Children’s Hospital has benefited greatly from the Goldschmidts’ generous care and support. After being introduced to the wonderful work done at PCH, Goldy asked how he could help. He and his […]

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Win-Win Situation for You and PCH Kids: Second Online Auction Kickoff!

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You know that amazing feeling you get when you help someone who really needs it? Well, what if I said you could get that feeling and bag some unbelievable bargains on extremely cool items? Look no further than the second online auction to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital! We’ve been so fortunate to have all our stupendous supporters — especially our very generous partners who have stepped up yet again to donate items for the auction. Through our last auction we were able to raise approximately $5,000 for PCH! The whole experience was fantastic but this auction will be even better […]

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SOLD: The First PCH Online Auction Raises Over $3,000!

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Last month, a major retailer generously donated some of their products for PCH to auction off in order to help fund critical programs at the Hospital. Our online auction — which, fortunately, will be the first of many to come — has closed, and raised over $3,000 (Update: $5,000)! We want to thank everyone who placed bids the auction, and provide information related to picking up items. Pickup Location Items can be picked up at Epi-Hab in Phoenix, located at 2125 W. Fillmore St, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Epi-Hab is open for pickups from 7:30am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, and their […]

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Get Ready to Ignite Hope!

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It’s that time of year when we get to relax and enjoy the extra hours of daylight. As you have fun with family and friends at cookouts and the pool, we know the furthest thing from your mind is the holiday season. Although we want you to enjoy summer vacation for as long as you can, now is the time of year to start thinking about how you can make the holidays extra special for Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients who are hospitalized over the holidays. One of the ways you can help , is by registering for the 2014 Ignite […]

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Camp Rainbow Magic: We Need Your Help to Make It Happen!

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We’re partway through our Indiegogo campaign and want to send out a big thanks to all those who have contributed thus far. As of June 20, we’ve raised $5,875. This is a great start, but we need to do better to make sure that Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients get a chance to experience the excitement of Camp Rainbow. Camp Rainbow is where the magic happens for more than 120 kids living with cancer and blood disorders. Each summer the Camp — located at Camp Friendly Pines in beautiful Prescott — opens its doors to PCH patients from ages 7 to […]

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Pizza for PCH in July

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There’s nothing better than a great pizza, with the possible exception of a great pizza maker that gives back. Fortunately, Papa John’s is just such a partner for PCH! Papa John’s and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have teamed up to bring you a great deal during the month of July. All month long, you can help the patients of Phoenix Children’s while having dinner delivered to your door step. From July 1-31, simply visit papajohns.com, enter the code word “PCH” (under special offers), and receive 40% off of your entire order. In addition to your discount, Papa John’s will donate 10% of […]

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Help Phoenix Children’s Hospital Make The Dream of Camp Rainbow A Reality For Cancer and Blood Disorder Patients

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At Phoenix Children’s Hospital we’re concerned not just with the quality of our patients’ medical treatment but also with the quality of their overall lives; this means making sure they get time to just be kids. Many of our patients spend weeks or even months receiving life-saving treatment in hospital. Each summer we like to help some of those kids experience the magic of Camp Rainbow but we need your help to make the dream of summer camp a reality for our patients and their families. For one week each summer, Camp Rainbow is PCH’s home-away-from-home for more than 120 […]

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PCH Staff is Simply the Best!

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At Phoenix Children’s Hospital we are so fortunate to have a world-class staff.  Our staff is a huge part of why US News and World Report ranked Phoenix Children’s Hospital one of the 100 best children’s hospitals in the country for 2013-2014. We would not be able to provide the world-class care we do to our patients without the scores of doctors, nurses, support staff, technicians and everyone on the extremely dedicated Phoenix Children’s Hospital team. This isn’t just a job for them; it’s a calling. A calling to give all that they can to help children heal. Hundreds of […]

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New 22-Bed PCH-Licensed Pediatric Inpatient Unit In Gilbert

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In 2012, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Dignity Health Arizona executed a strategic alignment that consolidated their respective pediatric programs within Maricopa County to PCH. Since that time, we’ve seen positive results for enhanced patient care, improved quality and outcomes, and the development of comprehensive programs and regional Centers of Excellence. Our two organizations have elevated this collaboration to improve our community’s overall pediatric care, education, research and advocacy; however, we still face the common challenges of health care reform, changing reimbursement models and a burgeoning pediatric population with its growing consumer demand for pediatric services. These challenges also provide an […]

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Goodnight for a Good Cause, Camp Rainbow!

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Looking for a delicious way to give back? Look no further than Hopdoddy Burger Bar, which is donating $1 from each Goodnight Burger sold to Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Camp Rainbow from now until October. This money will help sponsor children to attend Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for children who have, or have had, cancer or a chronic blood disorder. Camp Rainbow takes place in Prescott, Arizona at Friendly Pines. Every year, campers have the opportunity to enjoy fun and meaningful experiences while engaging in camp activities such as horseback riding, arts and crafts, canoeing, archery, and fishing. The Goodnight Burger recently […]

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Nothing Will Compare to the Teddy Bear Fair!

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We realize it can be tough some days to get your kids to visit the doctor’s office. It can be hard to talk them into it when they’d much rather be outside playing with their friends or really doing anything else. Well, what if we told you there was a way you could get your kids excited to go to the doctor’s office and help raise much needed funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital too?  As if that wasn’t good enough, what if we told you that teddy bears were involved? PCH is proud to bring you our first Teddy Bear […]

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It Takes A Village

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It really does take a village… and we couldn’t do what we do here at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation without the generous support of local partners like the Mastro and Reese Families—just to name a few! Back in April, Mike Mastro (pictured below, at right, with Brenda and Jake Mastro), who owns Steak 44 and Dominick’s Steakhouse alongside partners Scott Troilo, brother Jeffrey Mastro and father Dennis Mastro, presented a check for $13,545.32 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. That money was raised during a series of private VIP dress rehearsals and soft openings held at Steak 44 prior to the […]

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Make Bids To Help Kids Through PCH Auctions!

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Recently, a major retailer called the Foundation and offered to donate some of their products as a way to help fund critical programs at the Hospital. They provided a long list of items for PCH to not only give away during events, but also to auction off to benefit the Hospital’s Hope Fund. Needless to say, we were blown away by this company’s generosity, especially after they explained that this would evolve into a monthly program! We’re grateful for every donation, of course, but this was something new and unique. We have received the first shipment of merchandise from this […]

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Video: How Deep Brain Stimulation Helped Kaitlynn

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Active and bright at 5 years old with dreams of becoming a ballerina, Kaitlynn developed a movement disorder called dystonia and became unable to walk, talk, feed herself or hold a pencil for years. Her family brought her to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after being told by a neurologist in another state there wasn’t anything that could be done for her. Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, performed a surgical procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on Kaitlynn. Today she is walking, communicating and feeding herself. She has even become an accomplished painter. As […]

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Swim Time Safety This Summer and All Year Round

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With temps already hitting the three-digit mark, it’s an excellent time to think about water safety. On the hottest of days, there’s nothing better than dipping into a nice, cool pool or having some fun with the family at a gorgeous lake or river. The sad fact is too many of us don’t take water safety seriously for ourselves or our children.  We think teaching our kids to swim or building fences around our pools is enough. As of May 15, five children in Arizona have died from drowning, along with three adults. That makes the first 5 months of […]

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The Votes Are In: 2014 Leadership Circle Grant Recipients Announced

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This has been an incredible year for Leadership Circle! With the support of the 2014 Leadership Circle Directors and the highly dedicated and dynamic members, a pooled fund of $450,000 was raised to enable the addition of new equipment and services for our young patients. We’re pleased to report that the votes have been calculated and were exceptionally close this year proving that all the proposals had great merit and were appreciated by all voting members. Please join the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Leadership Circle Membership in congratulating the 2014 Leadership Circle Grant Recipients. The 2014 Research Grant […]

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Video: Frances McClelland’s Legacy Lives on at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

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On May 5 the Hospital’s new inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facility was dedicated in memory of Frances H. McClelland, whose Emerald Foundation made the gift to Phoenix Children’s in her honor. As a child Frances had polio and had to travel to California for treatments, taking her away from her family and home. She didn’t want other children to go through the same thing. Thanks to her generosity, the Frances H. McClelland Pediatric Rehabilitation Center ensures that the children of Arizona now have a state-of-the-art pediatric rehab facility of their own. This video about Frances shows the obstacles she overcame, […]

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Albertsons Is Helping Turn Everyday Errands into Miracles for PCH Kids

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What is it about the month of May that seems extra busy? Mother’s Day, birthdays, weddings, cookouts, graduation parties — all this and more starts rolling out in May. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in your ever growing “to do” list. Well, thanks to Albertsons, you can knock some of those errands off your list and support the life-saving efforts here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. From 1 to 31 May, Albertsons is bringing you 2 easy ways to help PCH while taking care of your grocery shopping: 1. Print up the PCH partner tag here and […]

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Heart Transplant Story: “Sure Makes Me Proud to Serve this Mission”

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Earlier this week, Karina Bland of The Arizona Republic recounted the story of Brett Wallick, who received a heart transplant at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Brett’s story is truly amazing, and Bland does an fantastic job of telling it. The article is also enhanced by videos, photos and an interactive timeline. There is an incredible twist about halfway through the article. Bland writes, “But included in this donor’s paperwork was something Velez had not seen before, not in the 12 years he had been doing this. He read the paper, paused, then tucked it back into the binder.” After reading not only […]

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We’re Looking for an Intern!

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We’re looking a summer intern here at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation who can help with social media and digital initiatives over the summer. If you’re interested in meaningful work that will help with online fundraising, constituent engagement and other projects, then check out the job description below. Contact us via Twitter if you’re interested. POSITION DESCRIPTION Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s mission is to provide Hope, Healing and the best Healthcare for children and their families. The Foundation’s mission is to establish lifelong relationships with our donors and raise necessary philanthropic support for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Social Media & Digital […]

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Help Save Lives for $1 During the Miraculous Month of May

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April showers may bring May flowers, but May is for Miracles. That’s because all throughout the month of May when you visit one of many retailers and give just $1 for a balloon, Children’s Miracle Network receives a donation. CMN has 170 hospitals throughout the country and PCH is happy to be one of them. Shop at Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Chico’s, White House Black Market, or Soma Intimates during the month of May and each balloon you buy will help CMN provide research and training, purchase critical equipment, and pay for uncompensated care. This is all in support of […]

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PCH Patients Will Ride Again!

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Last month, we were faced with an important problem here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Several of the Radio Flyer wagons that we use to transport young patients around the Hospital had gone missing and needed to be replaced. These wagons provide invaluable comfort to little ones who are already dealing with a lot while in an unfamiliar environment. Consequently, we turned to Indiegogo for help. We created a page to “crowdfund” the costs to replace the wagons and then reached out to our amazing supporters for help. We weren’t sure what to expect, but were hoping to obtain enough funding […]

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PCH Supporters Make Dine With Your Dog Event A Success!

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We wanted to take a brief ‘paws’ to thank everyone for making this year’s “Dine with Your Dog” event an evening to remember. Some folks didn’t think it was possible but the event was even more fun than “Dine with Your Dog 2013.” PLUS, we raised $6,000 more this year for a total of $31,000! This helps us continue to provide world-class health care, hope and healing to our wonderful patients and their families. The evening was a blast for all the humans and their canine companions.  Participants enjoyed the gorgeous park at the PERA Club, where the humans were […]

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Leadership Circle Keeping PCH at the Forefront of Pediatric Medical Care

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On 17 April, members of the Leadership Circle met at their annual luncheon to learn of seven research proposals that could help keep PCH a leader in breakthrough technologies and processes to help improve the health and lives of our patients and their families. PCH’s own physicians and staff presented their unique and life-saving ideas to the Leadership Circle; the Leadership Circle will decide how to divide up this year’s total research donations of $445,000. Circle members began voting for worthy proposals and will continue to vote over the next couple of weeks, with the winners decided in early May, […]

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Tax Relief! (and not just because we made it past April 15th)

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It was with much relief that I put my taxes in the mail this past week. You probably felt the same. Every year, it is unavoidable, and I’m glad to be done with it. But I did a couple things this past year that helped ease that process, and I hope you took advantage of them, too. In Arizona, we get a tax credit up to $400 for a couple filing a joint return for our donation to organizations (including Phoenix Children’s Hospital) which provide support to the working poor. And unfortunately, well over half our patient families fit this […]

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Donate to PCH at No Cost to You? It’s Possible with AmazonSmile.

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Late last year, Amazon launched AmazonSmile, a new program that it describes as “a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.” Amazon donates 0.5% from the total price of eligible purchases through AmazonSmile to designated charitable organizations, including PCH. The remarkable thing about AmazonSmile is that it doesn’t raise prices or cost Amazon’s customers a thing. Instead, donations through the program come out of Amazon’s profits on each sale. If you’re an Amazon customer, then please consider utilizing AmazonSmile and selecting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation as your charity […]

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Beach Ball 2014 Raises Over $1 Million

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A little rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of over 1,000 Phoenix Children’s supporters on March 1st, as they came together for an unforgettable night of fun and philanthropy at the 21st Annual Beach Ball. Guests arrived at The Phoenician Resort wearing their Malibu Best, donning everything from board shorts and flip flops to flowing maxis and stilettos. As they mixed and mingled, attendees worked their way through the Beach Ball 2014 Silent Auction, acquiring some great items before heading into the Ballroom for the remainder of the evening. After being greeted by dancers and enjoying a delicious meal, guests got […]

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ABC15 Telethon Raises Record High Donations for Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Phoenix Children’s Hospital has the best supporters in the world! We are so grateful to all those supporters and especially to ABC15 for raising $355,841 during this year’s telethon on April 9th. We challenged you to top the generosity you showered us with last year and you showed us again how much you value the world class medical care PCH provides to children and families from the Valley, Arizona, and beyond. The telethon was a complete success thanks to the hard work of ABC15, all the volunteers who manned the phone […]

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Get a Jumpstart on Next Year’s Taxes by Donating to PCH Now!

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year…when we frantically run around and gather every receipt, tax forms, and about a gazillion other pieces of data to get our taxes done on time. The countdown is on and we’ve got about a week left to file with the IRS. As we draw closer and closer, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you of how you can put what would have been lost to taxes to good use, namely by donating to Phoenix Children’s Hospital! When you sit down during the next week to figure out if […]

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An Update on our Indiegogo Campaign for Radio Flyer Wagons

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Our Indiegogo drive to replace the Hospital’s Radio Flyer wagons is still going strong. At the time of writing this post, the campaign has raised over $5,000 — more than three times our original goal! We’re blown away by the amazing response of PCH supporters. We also want announce a new perk level that we’ve just added to Indiegogo. For a $5,000 contribution, you can be featured on the Hospital’s brand new digital donor wall (pictured). These digital signs are a great way for patients, families and staff to see and appreciate the donors who provide much-needed support for critical […]

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On Wagons and More: A Q&A with Betsy Rosebrugh from Child Life Services

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Recently, we started a fundraising drive on Indiegogo to help replace many of the Radio Flyer Pathfinder wagons that have gone missing from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We have been thrilled with the response of PCH supporters, and we’re on track to not only replace those wagons, but also to acquire several more over and above our goal. These wagons — which provide invaluable comfort to PCH patients — are managed by the Hospital’s Child Life Program. But Child Life does so much more to help our patients in addition to these wagon rides. Consequently, I sat down (virtually, anyway) with […]

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$332,102 and Counting: Help Make the 3rd Annual ABC15 Telethon a Success!

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At PCH, we’re so lucky to have the best supporters around! Those supporters, along with ABC15 and our great corporate partners helped us raise an unbelievable $332,102 during last year’s ABC15 Telethon! We were able to use those funds to provide critical assistance for the programs that make PCH one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. This year we’re challenging you to help us break last year’s record high total. Every dollar we raise will directly impact the care we’re able to provide to our amazing patients with programs like our plans for a new Emergency Department and […]

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An Interview with Lisa Cyr of Arizona Bike Week

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Arizona Bike Week (ABW) and Two Gals Event and Promotions has named Phoenix Children’s Hospital the annual charity ride partner for one of the CycleFest charity rides. On Saturday, April 5th riders all across the valley will gather at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where they will be assigned a patient that they will ride for. The ride will start from the hospital and be escorted by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and celebrity riders like Jim Owen with KSLX 100.7 F.M., Phoenix Children’s Hospital Chief Financial Officer Craig McKnight, Dr. Robert Arceci and others will lead the ride into Cyclefest […]

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Donations Help our Radio Flyer Hopes Soar

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Being in a hospital is especially tough when you’re a kid. Here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital we try to do everything we can do not just to help our patients heal but to help them be kids too. One of the ways we do this is by using Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagons to help get our patients around the hospital. It’s great for our littlest patients who are often too small for wheelchairs and it’s just plain fun for all the patients. When we started our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to replace some missing wagons, we had no idea […]

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Stormtroopers Invade The Child Life Zone’s 1st Birthday Party!

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Earlier this week, The Child Life Zone at Phoenix Children’s Hospital turned one year old. The milestone was celebrated with a party, and many patients and staff turned out to enjoy cake, listen to live musical performances, and mingle with the Phoenix Suns Gorilla. A handful of Stormtroopers even took time away from fighting for the Galactic Empire to brighten the day for patients. The Zone is a special place at PCH. For kids who are sick or injured, the 3800 square foot play area is an invaluable escape from the procedures and treatments that they endure while at the hospital. The facility […]

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Thanks to our Generous Partners for the Upcoming ABC15 Telethon

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The countdown begins to the third annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital ABC15 Telethon on Wednesday, April 9th. The live broadcast from Phoenix Children’s will include all day coverage of ABC15 on-air personalities, a phone bank staffed by sponsors and community volunteers, celebrity appearances and emotional patient stories. This day would not be possible without the support from our generous corporate partners. In the weeks leading up to the ABC15 Telethon many of our supporters will be hosting events to raise critically needed funds for the patients at PCH. Join us in supporting the patients and families at PCH by participating in one […]

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Help Us Prove Laughter Is The Best Medicine

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You know how people always say that laughter is the best medicine? Well, Comedians for a Cure is helping PCH make that phrase ring even truer. On April 6, you can help us by coming to the Stand Up Live comedy theatre and laughing your head off for a good cause.  That’s because all proceeds from the event will go directly to help PCH’s neuroblastoma research. Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor beginning in the nerve tissue of infants and young children; the disease is rare in children older than 10 years of age. The tumor typically begins in the adrenal […]

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20 Years And Going Strong: PCH’s Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic

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Thankfully, the rate of new HIV cases in the United States is dropping but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a problem. Here in the Valley, there were 427 new cases of HIV in 2011; 10,200 people total in Maricopa County were living with the disease as of 2011. This represents a disturbing 50 percent increase from rates in 2004. For the past 20 years, Valley kids and families dealing with HIV have a powerful ally in the form of PCH’s Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic. The clinic is the only comprehensive pediatric HIV clinic in the state of Arizona, […]

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Conquering Childhood Cancers — 40 Shaved Heads at a Time!

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 Last Saturday, March 8th was the St. Baldrick’s Foundation signature head-shaving event at Tim Finnegan’s Restaurant & Pub where local volunteers and two of PCH’s own shaved their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to Conquer Childhood Cancers! Even before the big Saturday event, the excitement was already palpable, when Charity Douds (pictured), one of our volunteers and a friend of Annie Gieseking, a Phoenix Children’s Hospital Hematology & Oncology Nurse Program Coordinator, proudly cut of ALL of her beautiful long hair on EVB Live (Channel 12) for St. Baldrick’s and Locks of Love. Charity’s cousin, […]

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Bubba Watson and PING Motion Analysis Lab

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I follow golf’s PGA Tour, but not as closely as my 91-year-old grandmother does. She can name the winner of every tour event for the past twelve months and rattle off names from the World Golf Rankings, in order, as if she were naming her own children. Unlike her, I don’t know what Bubba Watson‘s current world ranking is, but I know he’s the overwhelming favorite of everyone at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. When Bubba (pictured above with PING Golf CEO John Solheim and Dr. Wade Shrader) held off Dustin Johnson to win the Northern Trust Open by two shots last month, the […]

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Molecular Medicine is a Game Changer

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A child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. One in five will not survive five years, and those who survive often have significant long-term health complications. These are sobering statistics and ones we are working hard to change. The newly launched Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s marks a critical turning point when it comes to diagnosing, treating, curing and someday preventing childhood cancer. Molecular medicine is a game changer. That’s because for the first time in the history of medicine, treatment decisions for those with cancer and other serious diseases can be made based […]

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Countdown to the McDowell Mountain Music Festival!

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We’re fast approaching the season of live music events and there’s a special one we want to make sure you check out at downtown Phoenix’s own Hance Park. The McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF), an event co-founded by John and Cathy Largay, is three days of fantastic groups rocking out for two great local causes, and we are so honored that Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be one of them. The event runs March 28 – 30 and will feature a wide assortment of talent. Funk, blues, rock, country, alternative hip-hop, soul, traditional mountain music, folk and electronica; there’s something for […]

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ASU Dance Marathon Rewind

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Dance Marathon is an event that Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been wanting to get off the ground for years. We would watch Dance Marathons pop up at other universities around the country and we hoped that one day we could have one here. Last year, it finally happened! To say we were incredibly excited and beyond impressed with ASU’s first year Dance Marathon is an understatement; we knew we had a group of hard working, intelligent and passionate students, but what they did in just a few short months for Phoenix Children’s was beyond anything we could have imagined. This […]

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Pizza with Pizzazz: Purchase a Pie and Promote PCH!

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On average, each American eats 46 slices of pizza per year. In fact, one in six men eat pizza every day. That’s a whole lotta pie! What if there was a way you could enjoy a delicious pizza and feel good about it? Stop in at any of the 18 participating valley locations of Hungry Howie’s and you can do just that. That’s because from February 21 through April 9, Hungry Howie’s Pizza With a Heart Campaign will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Hungry Howie’s invited three of our talented PCH kiddos to create specialty pizzas for the campaign; $1 from […]

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An Interview with Justin Clarke on Flavors of the West, Phoenix Children’s Avondale location, and more

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On Sunday, February 23, Phoenix-area chefs will showcase their culinary masterpieces at the 2nd Annual Flavors of the West in Litchfield Park. Event attendees will enjoy a variety of cuisine, libations, music, and cooking demonstrations. The event also includes live music, samples from over 30 restaurants, a VIP garden, a silent auction, a fun kids’ zone, and cooking demonstrations. Justin Clarke is one of the event’s founder and organizer; he’s also the founder of The Honey Foundation. With Flavors of the West just days away, we sat down with Justin (virtually) to discuss not only the event, but also other […]

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“Beachwear Best” You Say? Malibu Beach Ball 2014 Fashion Inspiration

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital will host its 21st Annual Beach Ball on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at The Phoenician Resort. Benefiting The Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine, it will be a fun-filled evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and auctions all in the name of raising money to support the patients and families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This year we’re celebrating west coast style, by going back to our true Beach Ball “beachwear” roots with a summer chic Malibu theme. Wondering how to interpret your “beachwear best” attire? Think resort-wear-after-five! What says summer soiree better than a long maxi dress and a […]

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Two Ways to Support PCH and Help Fight Children’s Cancer on March 8, 2014

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It’s tough being different when you’re a kid. As adults, we try to understand that our differences make us uniquely beautiful and who we are, but when you’re a kid differences can make you feel isolated. Kids with cancer already have to fight an uphill battle. That makes losing their hair that much more difficult. Long, short, curly, straight, braids; no matter what it looks like, it sure hurts when it’s gone. On March 8, please come out and support PCH cancer patients at the St. Baldrick’s event at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant and Pub. At the “mane” event, you […]

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Love

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Many children in the Phoenix community will be spending Valentine’s Day in the hospital, and they’ll miss out on the fun of trading valentines with friends at school. Consequently, we asked our supporters on Facebook and Twitter to take a moment to customize Valentine’s Day cards for those kids who will be spending all or part of the day at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We had modest expectations, and hoped to receive a few hundred cards that we could distribute to many of the patients. However, thousands of people responded, and I’m happy to report that we have enough special valentine cards […]

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A Special Thanks for PCH Family Movie Night!

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Our kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital have to deal with problems that would knock most grown-ups off their feet. That’s what makes opportunities to let the kids just enjoy being a kid so special and make us so grateful to Scott and Polly Bindley for making PCH family night at the movies so much fun. The Bindleys have been long-time supporters of PCH and are always looking for new ways to brighten the lives of our patients and their families.  In addition to being such kind individuals, Scott is a screenwriter with Gulf Stream Pictures, which co-produced the animated 3D […]

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A Ride in the Batmobile

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I have only been a member of the team here at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation for about four months now, but I’ve seen a lot of special things already, such as inspiring kids, caring co-workers, selfless volunteers, and generous donors who care deeply about helping children. Rarely a day goes by where I’m not awed by someone, and I feel fortunate to be able to help further the Foundation’s mission. A recent event made for perhaps my most special day here, however. Why? Well, Bruce Wayne — who, of course, is a well-known philanthropist — is a supporter of Phoenix […]

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7 Reasons To Attend The 7th Annual Dine With Your Dog

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We all love our dogs. Here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital we especially love how our dogs can help our patients heal. Ashton, a 19-year-old patient of PCH, is a perfect example of how important our faithful furry friends can be to our patients’ recovery. Ashton had been fighting the good fight for a long time and needed something to help him keep going on the road to recovery. That something came in the wagging and woolly form of Dorothy the Poodle. Dorothy gave Ashton what so many of our dogs have given us: comfort, an understanding heart and unconditional love. […]

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Just Setting Up My Twttr Our Blog

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Some of you may identify the title of this post as a reference to the first-ever public tweet by Jack Dorsey, which was sent way back on March 21, 2006. It preceded similarly mundane messages that day from not only Dorsey, but also Twitter’s other co-founders. They tweeted about tea, about lunch and about bugging each other – not exactly a fascinating start for a new communications platform. just setting up my twttr — Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006 These simple beginnings, however, belied the incredible impact that Twitter would go on to have on the world. We’re also striving for world-changing […]

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