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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