Hope Lives Here - Phoenix Childrens Hospital Foundation

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FALL 2016 PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Hope Lives Here Phoenix Children’s is changing the course of pediatric cancer care to offer hope, a...

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FALL 2016


Hope Lives Here Phoenix Children’s is changing the course of pediatric cancer care to offer hope, and a new home, to our sickest patients.


Dear Friends: The outpouring of support we received during September’s Go Gold campaign was truly inspiring, with so many in our community coming together to paint the town gold in honor of our patients fighting cancer. More than 50 businesses held special fundraisers, the mayors of Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Peoria all helped kick off the campaign, the Diamondbacks celebrated our patients during their home game against the LA Dodgers, and people all around the alley opened their hearts, helping us raise nearly

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It was extraordinary. But our work isn’t done. As you read this we are preparing to put the last beam atop the hospital’s new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. It’s been an honor to work with so many individuals who are helping Phoenix Children’s lead the fight in childhood cancer, and bring this new Center to our patients and families. In this issue of

opes and Dreams we introduce you to some of those

people, many of whom have been touched by cancer themselves. We also wanted to share what Phoenix Children’s is doing to pioneer new treatments, and drive research that will forever change the course of cancer and eventually lead us to a cure. Sincerely,




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“Their focus was completely on Noah. We knew he was in the right hands.”



Past Chairman: Larry Clemmensen, Community Volunteer Vice Chair, Board Secretary: Sheila Zuieback, Halle Family Foundation PCH President and CEO: Robert L. Meyer PCH Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer: Steven S. Schnall Michael Bill, MJ Insurance Scott Bindley, Screenwriter Taylor Burke, Rainy Partners Kevin Czerwinski, Merit Partners, Inc. Jeffry King, Pete King Construction Mark Love, LKL Partners, LLC Jonathan Pinkus, Arizona Nutritional Supplements David Ralston, Bank of Arizona J. Paul Rhodes, Vestar Alexa Schneider, Kimbell, Inc. Chris Stamets, Western Retail Advisors Ryanne Tezanos, Mobile Mini

EDITORIAL Director of Communications, Foundation: Cheriese Chambers Editor: Laura Jobke Photography: Cover and feature story by 3D Photo AZ and Alejandra Bucon; additional photos by Tim Lanterman Photography and The Hive Studio Design: Casual Astronaut, Inc. Printing: OneTouchPoint - CCI


2 In Brief: News and notes from around the hospital 6 Pioneering A New Approach How Phoenix Children’s is leading the way in developing safer, more effective cancer treatments 8 Doc Talk: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong shares his vision for changing the course of childhood cancer 10 A Beam of Hope After a devastating diagnosis, Noah’s family finds hope at Phoenix Children’s 14 Hope Lives Here Phoenix Children’s needs a new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to provide the best care to all children in need 18 Faces of Hope/Hands of Hope 22 Your Donations Matter: Stories demonstrating the impact of your donations 32 Upcoming Events: Dates you won’t want to miss






The Valley Goes Gold for Pediatric Cancer Throughout the month of September Valley businesses partnered with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation for the Go Gold campaign to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD). Valley shopping centers, including CityScape, Tempe Marketplace, Scottsdale Quarter and Park West, held ceremonial ribbon cuttings on September 1 and supported the cause with gold flowers, lighting, signs and tree ribbons. Retailers sold Go Gold bracelets, held special promotions and collected donations for CCBD.




On September 17 Phoenix Children’s scored big thanks to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who held their Going Gold for Pediatric Cancer game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They hosted pregame festivities with CCBD staff and patients, including a special presentation honoring Phoenix Children’s with a donation of $250,000. Proceeds from ticket sales and the 50/50 ra e also benefited the Center. Special thanks to Go Gold partners, including 50 Karat sponsors Arizona Diamondbacks, Camelback Volkswagen Subaru Mazda, Fiesta Bowl Charities; 25 Karat sponsors, Coulter on Camelback, Cobblestone Auto Spa; and 10 Karat sponsors McDonough Corporation, Modern Luxury Scottsdale, NOVA Home Loans-Ross Team, Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Papa John’s, Ideas Collide, Evolve Public Relations and Marketing, Law Offices of Mark Kirkorsky, and Sauce Pizza & Wine.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Crews’n Healthmobile team was featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and The Red Nose Day Special, after Julia Roberts (above) highlighted nurse Lacey Khor’s work at Children’s First Academy. Crews’n Healthmobile is our mobile medical unit and outreach program that brings Phoenix Children’s medical care to children, teens and young adults living on the streets and in underprivileged neighborhoods.

CARING FOR DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICS The Board of Visitors is supporting the Developmental Pediatrics Department at Phoenix Children’s through their annual Care Card fundraiser. When you purchase a Care Card for $60 from participating retailers or at TheCareCard.org, you will receive 20 percent off at more than 500 participating retailers from October 28 through November 6.



Still Arizona’s Only Best Children’s Hospital Phoenix Children’s was one of only 25 children’s hospitals in the country – and the only one in Arizona – to make U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital’s rankings in 10 out of 10 medical specialties. The 2016-2017 rankings represent the sixth year in a row that Phoenix Children’s has made the list, and the first time the Hospital has been ranked in all 10 categories.



Pack Leaders Collecting more than 750 donations from fans and viewers during their January 23 home game, the Arizona Coyotes raised $67,000 for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s during an in-game telethon. Mia (above right), a patient treated in the Center, performed the honorary “Top Dog Howl” to electrify the crowd and get the game started. Injured goalie Mike Smith (above left) joined volunteers in manning the phones throughout the game, and FOX Sports Arizona provided updates from the phone bank throughout the broadcast. Funds raised from the 50/50 raffle also contributed to the record-setting fundraising total during this year’s telethon.


Clear out unneeded clothes, shoes, toys and household textiles – and raise money for Phoenix Children’s. Look for American Textile Recycling Service’s neighborhood donation bins at 350 locations throughout the Valley, and drop off your items at any time. Donations are tax deductible, and a portion of the funds raised will benefit the Hospital.


New parents could spend hours watching their little one sleep. But parents of babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) didn’t always have that luxury. Thanks to funding provided by a Leadership Circle grant, Phoenix Children’s recently installed web cameras above each infant incubator in the NICU. Family members can log in to a secure site from any computer or smartphone to check on their baby , offering peace of mind to parents who can’t stay at the hospital around the clock. For more information on Leadership Circle visit PCHLC.org.



Phoenix Children’s is leading the way in developing and offering safer, more effective cancer treatments


hildren fight for months, more often years, to defeat cancer. But sometimes the very treatments used to save lives only cause future complications. That’s why Phoenix Children’s is dedicated to finding the therapies that not only wipe out cancer, but have the fewest short and long term side effects, giving kids the best chance of living long, full lives. For years the standard treatment for many types of pediatric cancer has included high dose chemotherapy. Traditional chemotherapy is effective in killing cancer cells because it destroys all cells that grow uickly including cancer cells, but also healthy cells, like the white blood cells that guard against infection. As a result patients may lose their hair, develop mouth sores and contract infections. Those symptoms typically subside following treatment, but other effects like hearing loss, oint and organ damage, sterility, or worst case scenario, a recurrence of cancer cause a lifetime of challenges.




Consortium. Launched by physician, scientist, and NantWorks founder and C Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong, the Consortium has assembled prominent pediatric institutions to share data, test hypotheses, run clinical trials and use genomic information to forever alter how we treat these kids and teens. “Phoenix Children’s has visionary leaders who want to transform pediatric cancer care on behalf of their patients,” said Dr. Soon Shiong. “They understand the opportunity we have and are leading the rest of the country in these efforts.” Doctors at our Chan Soon Shiong Children’s Precision edicine Institute and other Consortium hospitals are beginning to perform genomic se uencing of select patients’ tumors to determine the most effective drugs for treating the particular genetic cause of their cancer. Data collected by Consortium institutions is pooled, with a greater collection of information leading to faster breakthroughs. “ ven for a large children’s hospital like Phoenix Children’s, it’s very difficult for one hospital to conduct a lot of clinical research on ust their patient base,” explains Dr. . Stacy Nicholson, Physician in Chief at Phoenix Children’s. “To make real progress, we have to work together by pooling our patients and data.” The accelerated approach will allow for the faster development of clinical trials. Phoenix Children’s is the only pediatric cancer treatment center in Arizona offering phase 1 clinical trials. There are currently more than 15 open studies in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and more than half of our cancer patients participate in clinical trials. Increasing the number of children participating in well designed trials, and the speed with which they can be

developed, will lead to more rigorous and rapid evaluation of promising new therapies. Through a partnership with ayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix Children’s patients now have access to proton beam radiation therapy pictured left one of only operational sites in the country. nlike traditional radiation therapy, which enters one side of the body and exits the other side, proton beam therapy delivers energy to the treatment area and stops there is no exit point on the other side of the body, reducing the impact to surrounding organs and tissues. For instance, when a patient receives traditional radiation on the spine, it enters the body from the back. But it travels all the way through the body, affecting organs on the other side of the spine, including the heart, lungs and liver. In comparison, proton beam radiation stops when it reaches the spine, reducing the potential for significant effects on other areas of the body. “Proton beam therapy is even more critical for kids than adults,” says Dr. Nicholson. “If someone is treated for cancer at age , a side effect that might not show up for years isn’t life changing. But if a child is treated at age 5, a side effect that shows up in years, or shows up right away but is lifelong, is a huge deal.” Patients diagnosed with solid tumors, including brain tumors, are considered candidates for proton beam therapy. Phoenix Children’s and ayo Clinic doctors work together to determine the best approach for each patient. “We’re very proud of the care we provide for kids diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Through partnerships like those with ayo Clinic and the Consortium, our goal is to keep improving care and survival rates, because that’s what the kids in Arizona deserve.”

“Proton beam therapy is even more critical for kids than adults.”

These lasting effects are harmful to anyone diagnosed with cancer. But consider that the median age of a diagnosis of breast cancer the most common cancer in adults is 1. The median age for a child to be diagnosed with cancer is ust . They have a lifetime of experiences ahead of them high school graduation, a first ob, a family of their own. At Phoenix Children’s we are developing new therapies that will selectively target cancer cells, as well as those that activate the patient’s immune system to fight cancer, causing fewer side effects and leading to better long term outcomes. Phoenix Children’s is a leading member of the Cancer oonShot Pediatrics



Doc Talk: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong


r. Patrick Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and scientist, who has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 1 scientific papers, and has over 170 issued patents worldwide on groundbreaking advancements spanning a myriad of fields of technology and medicine. He has developed a strategic partnership with Phoenix Children’s, first developing the hospital’s Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute and earlier this year naming Phoenix Children’s the leading institution in the Cancer MoonShot 2020 Pediatrics Consortium. While he started with a selfdescribed “early obsession with the pancreas,” today Soon-Shiong focuses most of his energy on curing cancer (that’s when he’s not taking jump shots on the basketball court). Below he shares his vision, inspiration and how together we can forever change the course of childhood cancer.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next few years? To demonstrate the value of immunotherapy in treating cancer, changing the standard of giving high dose chemotherapy and transforming cancer into a curable disease.

What would that mean to you personally? It would fulfill a lifelong goal of making an impact on life-threatening diseases. I’ve spent 20 to 30 years of my life pursuing this.

What inspired you to become a doctor? It’s what I always wanted to do…since I was about 13. From a young age, I wanted to be a doctor. I was fascinated by the pancreas.

cancer. The real highlight came when we showed we had patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer who were still alive. But this is all just the beginning. I believe there are many chapters, and we’re only in the middle of the book. The final chapter is activating the immune system to transform cancer into a high quality of life, livable disease.

What inspires you? Children and adults fighting cancer. They fight incredibly hard to live. I’m also inspired by my colleagues – people like [former Phoenix Children’s Division Chief] Dr. Robert Arceci, who had incredible passion. He was inspirational.

What do you value most in life? Family, my children and the work we do.

Were you inspired by someone you knew?

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be?

My uncle had diabetes. He would give himself insulin using glass syringes, and I’d help him boil his syringes. I guess that experience started my obsession with how the pancreas worked.

The Pope.

What do you like to do in your free time? Play full-court basketball.

Are you any good? You grew up in South Africa. What brought you to the U.S.?

I’m OK. [Laughs.]

I was recruited to UCLA in 1980 and have lived in California ever since.

What has been your biggest challenge – off the court?

What was your focus early in your career?

Above: Dr. Soon-Shiong with Phoenix Children’s President and CEO Bob Meyer

Why is the Cancer MoonShot 2020 Pediatrics Consortium so important? Our research can have the greatest impact on children. Young patients are especially susceptible to a lifetime of side effects and the risk of relapsing. We want to change that.



It was all about the pancreas. I studied pancreatitis, diabetes and pancreatic cancer to find out why people got them. I came to realize we’re all nothing but a bag of proteins. [Laughs.] And if I could understand protein interactions, I could cure all of those diseases.

To get people to stop doing what we’ve been doing. For 40 years we’ve used high dose chemotherapy to treat cancer. What scares me is that by doing so, not only will we not beat it, but we will actually make it worse by wiping out the immune system, our body’s protection against illness. If we’ve cured cancer we should keep doing what we’re doing, but I’m pretty sure nobody believes we’ve cured cancer.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your career? Or what will it be?

Do you believe there will be a cure in your lifetime?

Getting the drug Abraxane approved for treating breast, lung and pancreatic

I sure hope so. That’s why I’m working so hard!







ost parents of 2-year-olds are worrying about scraped knees, bumped heads, and the proverbial terrible twos. That was Alex and Laura. Until they

heard the words that changed everything. Your son has cancer. They were told Noah had a 17 percent

chance of surviving — odds that were heartbreaking. Alex remembers thinking, “This is it. Seeing the amount of pain he was in, then hearing it was cancer, I thought that was the end.” Their lives would never be the same. “My whole world as a father changed. You have love for your kids, but when you hear your child has cancer, a whole different kind of love comes out. Nothing else matters.”



“It was a night and day difference in how we felt…Someone was giving our son a chance — a chance to live and keep his bladder.” It had all started with what Laura thought was a diaper rash. But it was stage II embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma — a malignant tumor growing on Noah’s bladder. Told it was their son’s best chance of surviving, they scheduled surgery to remove his bladder, and hopefully all of the tumor. But the Tucson family had a friend with a connection at Phoenix Children’s who convinced them to come to the Valley for a second opinion. They had nothing to lose and packed their bags to travel the 120 miles to Phoenix. When they arrived, they say everything about Phoenix Children’s felt different. What changed the most was the news they received: Noah had an 87 percent chance of survival. And after running many additional tests, based on the size and location of the tumor, doctors likely wouldn’t need to remove his bladder.



“It was a night and day difference in how we felt,” Alex says. “Someone was giving our son a chance — a chance to live and keep his bladder.” “The focus was completely on Noah — how he felt and keeping him comfortable,” recalls Laura. “We knew he was in the right hands.” The couple felt hope for the first time. But Noah — even in spite of the pain — had remained his happy, fun-loving self. The same little boy who loves fire trucks and bubbles. He was also about to become a big brother. Laura was 8 months pregnant, but she admits it was hard to focus on the baby that was coming when they were so worried about the one they already had. “It was so overwhelming that I forgot I was pregnant for a while and wasn’t gaining much weight.” Noah would need 40 weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. The

hospital had recently partnered with Mayo Clinic Arizona to offer proton beam therapy — the first program of its kind in the state. The more targeted proton beam radiation would be less harmful to Noah’s nearby organs, tissues and bones, as it wouldn’t travel all the way through his body. With traditional radiation, which would enter his body from one side and exit through the other, Noah would have risked damage to his pelvis and hip bones that could have prevented him from growing properly and left him in a wheelchair. Noah would be their first pediatric bladder cancer patient. That was both exciting and worrisome. “We were relieved to not have to take him out of state, but we weren’t quite sure what to expect with him being the first,”

The proton beam therapy has been completed, and Noah is now the midst of 40 weeks of chemotherapy. He is also a doting big brother. Helping take care of Andrew has been a welcome distraction from Noah’s treatments. “He loves playing with Andrew and helping us with little tasks like throwing away diapers,” Laura says. His parents still bring him to the outpatient clinic at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders every week, each family member sporting #TeamNoah t-shirts. “We drive for two hours and sometimes our appointments only last 15 minutes, but we wouldn’t go anywhere else,” Alex says. “It’s worth the trip every time for Noah to get the best care and treatment available.”

“It’s worth the trip every time for Noah to get the best care and treatment available.” Laura says. “We weren’t sure what the side effects would be or how he would react to treatment. It was a little unknown, but we knew it was the safest option for him.” “We felt like it was do it or die — literally,” Alex adds. So they did it, but the first few days were nerve-wracking for the parents. They found comfort and expertise in the staff, and Noah handled the treatment well, just experiencing minor skin irritation. The family traveled each week from Tucson to Phoenix for radiation. They lived with Laura’s brother on weekdays and headed home each weekend just so they could sleep in their own beds. On one of those weekends, Laura delivered a healthy baby boy. They named him Andrew. The name means comfort, which is exactly what he provided the family when they needed it most.

The treatments are working. Noah’s tumor, originally three centimeters in size, has shrunken to two centimeters. Following chemotherapy, any remnants of the tumor may need to be surgically removed, but Alex and Laura have complete confidence in his doctors at Phoenix Children’s. While Noah still has difficult days, most of the time his boundless energy, lively spirit and contagious smile don’t so much as hint at what his little body is going through. Alex and Laura hope that as he grows up he won’t remember much about this time in his life. But they will. And they’ll remember how when they were at their lowest point, they found hope at Phoenix Children’s.







pediatric cancer diagnosis is devastating — for the child, the parents, the entire family. Their lives change in an instant, priorities suddenly focused on all that really matters — survival. Families facing the fight of their

lives need one thing: Hope. And that’s what they find at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Last year more than 300 patients were newlydiagnosed with cancer and another 369 were identified with a blood disorder. While families are still processing the devastating news of their child’s diagnosis, our specialists are already developing a personalized treatment plan with access to the most innovative clinical trials and therapies, giving their child the best chance for survival. It’s why so many families across the Southwest turn to us.



We’re determined to find treatments that will increase survival rates, while decreasing side effects. When faced with cancer, every child deserves to have a team of experts in their corner. They deserve the very best. And we are. The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals as one of the premiere treatment centers for pediatric cancer — a place where children find compassion and parents find confidence. In fact, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer will survive it, a rate significantly higher than adults diagnosed with cancer. Biology plays a role in how cancer develops in children and how their bodies respond to treatment. But pediatric oncologists also treat cancer more



aggressively, enroll more patients in clinical trials, and collaborate with other institutions, leading to better outcomes. Still, one in five children doesn’t make it. As the only pediatric cancer treatment center in Arizona offering phase I clinical trials, and one of nine hospitals nationwide to found the Cancer MoonShot 2020 Pediatrics Consortium, Phoenix Children’s is leading the way in research and innovation. We’re determined to find treatments that will increase survival rates, while decreasing side effects. But the sheer number of patients we treat today — and will see tomorrow — has stretched our current facilities and resources.




growth of patients from 2014 to 2015. That number is expected to grow another 10% this year.

22,000 patient appointments in 2015, compared to just 8,900 in 2007

An average of

90 children

visit our outpatient clinic each day


million needed to build a new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders


open research studies for cancer and blood disorder patients

Where Hope Will Live We are at capacity. Nationwide, the number of children diagnosed with cancer grows each year. That, coupled with the population growth of children in our city and state means we will continue to treat more children with cancer. The new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will feature additional space — 21 infusion chairs and 15 rooms offering privacy for patients and families, along with a preparation and recovery area and Child Life playroom. A more efficient design will lead to enhanced patient care, with improved flow and better positioned staff work spaces. And the new location, just an elevator ride from the Emergency Department, Imaging, and seventh floor inpatient areas means patients won’t need to travel across the hospital campus multiple times throughout the day. Their needs will be consolidated into one space. We must grow. Our ability to provide the very best care depends on it. Help us build a new home for hope at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. HopeLivesHerePCH.org

BREAKING GROUND In May honorary campaign chairs Paul and Amy Goldschmidt joined Phoenix Children’s patients Elizabeth and Bruce to help us kick off the construction of our new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. They

teamed up with donors, staff and patients in a special “hammer ceremony” to knock out cancer — because that’s our goal. Construction of the Center is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Find out why Paul and Amy are so passionate about supporting Phoenix Children’s at HopeLivesHerePCH.org.




HOPE They were all touched by cancer in some way, but have a unique story to tell — and a personal reason for giving back to Phoenix Children’s. During a campaign that means hope to so many people, we honor those who united for a cause, supporting the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

COULTER FAMILY “My brother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 2, and now he’s 36 years old,” said Lindsay Coulter. “They gave him a 50 percent chance to live. If it wasn’t for Phoenix Children’s Hospital he might not be with us anymore, so we think it’s important to give back.” The Coulter family donated $25,000 to the Go Gold campaign through Coulter Automotive. “Now as a parent myself, I don’t know anybody who hasn’t been touched by Phoenix Children’s.”

BRYCE FABER After Bryce was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, his parents Bart and Beth felt like a bomb went off. But they found hope in the care he received, as well as the bravery with which he fought. Now the Fabers support the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to ensure that children can get the worldclass care they need within this community. They say, “We have an opportunity to continue what has been a spectacular growth in capabilities, technologies, and expertise at Phoenix Children’s. It is critical to keep the momentum going and provide the high quality care every parent wants and deserves for their precious children.”


PAUL & AMY GOLDSCHMIDT They’re heroes to many within the community, but honorary chairs of the Hope Lives Here campaign, Paul and Amy Goldschmidt, are inspired by the patients they meet as volunteers. “I think about the kids almost every day when I’m on the baseball field,” Paul says. “I give it my all to try to encourage the patients who are watching, because they’re fighting to win much tougher battles. Whether we’re hanging out with kids in their rooms, playing games in the Zone, or helping raise money for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, it’s a huge honor for us.”



Inspired by his wife Molly’s battle with childhood leukemia, Jeff serves on the advisory cabinet for the Hope Lives Here campaign. He calls Molly “a living example of patient endurance,” who went on to play four years of Division I collegiate soccer and recently became a firsttime mom. Jeff says, “The increased survival rates for childhood leukemia are a tangible example of how continued medical research and development can dramatically reduce cancer’s mortality rate, and should give hope to anyone considering supporting the campaign. It’s working.”

JAMES COX After his wife Briana and daughter Addison passed away from melanoma, James started Addison’s Army Against Melanoma to raise funds and awareness for the disease. A 20-year Army veteran, James volunteers in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and is pursuing his Master of Social Work degree to ultimately work with pediatric cancer patients. “Every time you’re in that clinic, they surround you with a feeling of hope,” James says.


SONJA WEDER Jim and Sandi Weder give to Phoenix Children’s in honor of their daughter Sonja, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia before her second birthday. Now 27, Sonja (pictured right with sister Kristina) lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. “She lives her life as though she never had cancer,” Sandi says. “We donate to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in celebration of Sonja and to further the opportunity for others to get well. By giving, we share ‘the good news of hope’ in all cancer research.”

LAUREN KAYE “She wanted us to help find a cure,” says Wendy of her daughter Lauren, who passed away after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Wendy and her husband Marty are both pediatricians and decided to help other families facing the same battle. They helped found the nonprofit organization Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research to support neuro-oncology research at Phoenix Children’s and other local organizations. “What gives us hope and inspiration is seeing that there are other children out there who have fought this disease and are thriving.”

“Continuing to help this institution grow is just part of our mission to find ways to make life better for children who have to endure so much in their young lives,” say Jeff and Cami King. Their daughter Jaydie Lynn passed away in 2005 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor earlier that year. They started the Jaydie Lynn King Foundation, and in addition to offering financial support to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, host events and fundraisers with their four other children (pictured), to donate items that make hospitalizations easier for kids and their families. Jeff also serves on the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. “Remembering just how gracious and giving Jaydie was in spite of her trials continues to inspire us in all aspects of our lives. We strive to be more like our young daughter and want to be as giving with our resources as she always was.”


MIKE & TYLER YATES “Camp Rainbow is a special place where kids fighting cancer can feel comfortable regardless of what they’re going through,” Tyler says. “For one week, kids fighting cancer can just be kids.” Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 8 years old, Tyler found comfort and inspiration at Camp Rainbow, Phoenix Children’s week-long summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder. After attending as both camper and counselor, Tyler has remained involved by donating vans for camp, making contributions, and fundraising through the West Valley Mavericks. Inspired by Tyler, his father Mike was a champion for developing the Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center to bring care closer to home for patients fighting cancer and other diseases.

“Since being diagnosed at 5 years old Justin has relapsed four times, and we don’t want other families to go through what we have,” says his mom Gerri. His battle with leukemia has had a tremendous impact on her family, including daughter Jennifer (pictured with Justin), who took on the role of caregiver and confidant at a young age. “We thought, ‘How can we help other families and provide the hospital and researchers with the resources needed to find a cure?’” The answer: Children’s Fight For Life Casino Night, an event Gerri started in Justin’s honor 11 years ago that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

COLEMAN BECHTEL After Coleman was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor last year, his family experienced the impact of philanthropy firsthand. “Donated items and funds help make everything so much better for kids and families going through the hardest thing anyone can face,” Coleman’s father Jeremy says. Coleman is now in remission, but his grandfather, Jim Bechtel, was so inspired by the patients fighting cancer at Phoenix Children’s that he joined the advisory cabinet for the Hope Lives Here campaign. Jim says, “I don’t think there is any cause more beneficial than one helping children in need. Walking the halls of Phoenix Children’s and seeing so many kids in the same situation as Coleman, I wanted to make a difference.”

LUTTRELL FAMILY “It’s really important to Steve, our kids and me to stay involved with the hope that for the next generation of children battling cancer, it gets easier,” says Patti, a former nurse at Phoenix Children’s, whose son Jeff (pictured right) was treated for cancer at the hospital. Patti started Children’s Cancer Network to offer hope and assistance to other families battling pediatric cancer. “Our goal is to support other families going through the treatment process and help them hopefully find a better future.”






Joan Halford’s son Evan battled a brain tumor for 13 years before he passed away at age 15. When Joan moved to the Valley she approached Phoenix Children’s Hospital, offering the support of the Evan Halford Foundation (RememberEvan.org). Today the Foundation works with social workers from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to provide financial assistance to families in need. Joan says, “We know from firsthand experience how difficult childhood cancer is for families and have made it our mission to help others in their time of need. We strive to make it possible for families to stay balanced while going through crisis, so that rather than worrying about their finances, they can focus solely on the needs of their children.”

DIEGO MORRIS “You come in hopeless, and it’s only by the grace of the staff and the technology at Phoenix Children’s that you’re given any hope,” says Diego’s father Jason. Diego (pictured front left) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 11 years old. When traditional chemotherapy didn’t work, his family traveled to London for a therapy not approved in the United States, and after successful treatment he has lobbied to get the life-saving care approved stateside.

MCKENZIE MONKS “She never went to school, but I think she taught me more about life than anyone else,” says Denise Monks of daughter McKenzie. She passed away just before her fifth birthday after enduring 19 months of treatment for bilateral Wilms’ tumor. To honor the lively and loving girl, the Monks family created “Kenzie Kases” — replicas of the suitcase filled with comfort items that McKenzie would bring with her to the Hospital for treatment, which are now given to every oncology patient at Phoenix Children’s. The McKenzie Monks Foundation also contributed funds to establish the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders’ oncology outpatient clinic, named the Kenzie Center, and the family continues their support in her honor. “We focus on finding a way to help the kids that are going through what McKenzie did. It’s brutal, but the kids are amazing.”

HANNAH HUCKFELDT Though her daughter Hannah passed away after battling cancer for four-and-a-half years, “Our experience with the staff and the people was exceptional,” Shelly Huckfeldt says. “They became extensions of our family, motivating us to do things to help the hospital in Hannah’s name.” By supporting the Hope Lives Here campaign, and working with Hannah’s best friend Lilly (pictured left with Hannah) to collect slippers for patients each year in Hannah’s memory, they are doing just that. “Although our journey did not end the way we had prayed, I still have a lot of hope. We want to help in any way we can, small or large, because we’ve been there and want to provide inspiration for other families.”

JENNIFER TRIPLETT After starting treatment for leukemia at Phoenix Children’s when she was a teenager, Jennifer (pictured left) credits her doctor with saving her life when she determined a prior diagnosis was incorrect. She always knew she wanted to work for the hospital, applying for jobs for two years and volunteering on the inpatient floor for cancer patients before accepting a position with the Foundation. Jennifer says, “I consider myself incredibly blessed to walk these halls with an employee badge, when I used to walk them with an IV pole.”

DR. HERBERT J. “TIM” & JULIE LOUIS A renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeon and a champion for children’s medical care in the Valley for more than 50 years, Dr. Louis volunteered in the PetSmart Paws Can Heal Animal-Assisted Therapy program with his Labrador retriever Bainbridge following his retirement. Gifts from the Louis family established an endowed chair of pediatric orthopedics, helped build a Newborn Intensive Care Unit and enhanced the hospital’s research and educational opportunities. Dr. Louis’ final gift before he passed away earlier this year was in support of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.



REHORN FAMILY “We are on year six of our battle, and the world is a different place today,” says Susan Rehorn, whose son Coleman (pictured left) was treated at Phoenix Children’s for synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that attaches to nerve endings. “New doctors, new treatments, new cutting-edge technology, new drugs, and new research continues to give us hope. Our dream is that something is going to come along for Coleman — and for all of us — that will stop this madness called cancer.” Scott Rehorn serves as Chairman of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, and Susan sits on committees that fundraise for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. “Phoenix Children’s became our second home and family. For that, we will be forever giving.”


HOPE The people who tirelessly care for our patients day in and day out in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders




THE RIGHT MOVES Arizona State University students hosted their 4th Annual Dance Marathon, an all-night dance party that included live performances, activities and games with Phoenix Children’s patients Chance, Jordan, Eliana and Trinity joining in on the fun. The event raised more than $29,000 for the Hope Fund.

Special thanks to sponsors Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Hayden Hall, Power Crunch, The Cottages of Tempe, The District at Tempe and Whataburger.

Champions of Hope The 16th Annual Give-A-Thon presented by Valley Hyundai Dealers became the top fundraiser of its kind in the country by raising more than $1.58 million during a 19-hour radio simulcast on KTAR News (92.3 FM) and Arizona Sports (98.7 FM). More than 1,300 radio listeners became Champions of Hope during the event by pledging a monthly gift of $20 or more to have a teddy bear delivered to a patient in their name. Patient families shared the impact that Phoenix Children’s has had on their lives, volunteers manned the phone banks and corporate sponsors presented checks in support of the Hospital’s largest fundraising event.

Thank you to corporate sponsors Valley Hyundai Dealers, Carl’s Jr., Wells Fargo, Ace Hardware, Taylor Morrison, BestDentalCareAZ.com, Presidential Pools and Spas, LLC, Trane, The UPS Store, Just Sports, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen and

Papa John’s; and corporate partners All American Classics, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Central Credit Union, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and One Hour Air, Bumper to Bumper Radio, Catalyst Pain Solutions, CDW, Chapman BMW on Camelback, Chico’s FAS, Debbie Gaby Charities, Desert Dentistry, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale, Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale, Executive Council Charities, Fiesta Bowl Charities, Four Peaks Brewery, Fry’s Food Stores, Gila River Casinos, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Howard Air, Ideas Collide, IHOP, Lou Malnati’s, Massage Envy, Meineke, National Benefits Partners, Panda Express, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, R3EWaste, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Sagicor, San Tan Hyundai, Sam’s Club, Steve Trang Group/Stunning Homes Realty, Stream Logistics, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club/Valley Kids Foundation, Walgreens, Walmart, and Whataburger.

MARKET ICONS Los Altos Ranch Market collected donations for Phoenix Children’s and in exchange, customers wrote their names on paper icons displayed in the store. Valley locations held friendly competitions to see which store could raise the most funds and create the most creative displays, resulting in a donation of nearly $29,000.




STACKING UP DONATIONS Valley IHOP restaurants hosted a month-long icon campaign leading up to National Pancake Day, when guests received a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes in exchange for a donation to Phoenix Children’s, raising nearly $44,000 for the Hospital.


Nearly 1,000 bikers joined the 3rd Annual Hand in Hand charity bike ride organized by Arizona Bike Week and Arizona Bike Week Charities. As bikers gathered at the Hospital for breakfast, they met the patients they were riding for — Hand in Hand — before departing for Arizona Bike Week. The event was sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and raised more than $15,000 for the Hospital. The night before the ride Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons, owner of Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, announced a $100,000 gift through The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, raising the total contribution to Phoenix Children’s to more than $115,000.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE The Challenge Cup Pro-Am was contested at Desert Mountain’s Cochise Course to raise funds for the Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. The competition between golf courses and clubs was won by Troon North, but the real winners were Phoenix Children’s patients, as the event raised $130,000.

Special thanks to Dave and Stephanie Reese of Platinum Homes and Dave and Penny North of Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

“Renee and I are committed to continuing our long-standing support for Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Parsons. “Every child deserves access to outstanding medical care, and Phoenix Children’s is the absolute best.”

Safety Refined Western Refining Company has contributed $550,000 to the Kids Ride Safe program since 2008, helping families in need receive car seats, education on child passenger safety, and seat inspections by a child passenger safety specialist. Western Refining also sponsored the 8th Annual Keep Our Planet Neat, Recycle Your Car Seat event, during which more than 900 old car seats were taken out of circulation and dismantled for recycling.



Ringing Up Donations Valley-wide Albertsons and Safeway stores collected donations for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders throughout the month of May by asking for contributions at the register.

A SHOW OF SUPPORT Desert Sands Corvette presented the All American 7th Annual Car Show at Sands Chevrolet in Surprise, offering awards for winning cars, food trucks, raffle prizes, and family activities, and raising nearly $25,000 for the Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center.



To The Rescue Corporate partners and viewers rallied to save the day for our patient families during ABC15’s superhero-themed Telethon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, resulting in a record-breaking fundraising total of $543,500. ABC15 on-air personalities, including Katie Raml, Nick Ciletti, Terri Ouellette and Susan Casper, broadcasted live from the Hospital throughout the day. Appearances by superheroes — both washing windows outside the hospital and visiting kids inside — highlighted the event. Hospital patients and

their families were the true heroes, as they courageously shared their inspirational stories throughout the event.

Special thanks to sponsors Jersey Mike’s Subs, Sanderson Ford & Lincoln, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, and Biltmore Loan & Jewelry; and partners Ace Hardware, All American Classics, Altier Credit Union, AZ Pain Centers, Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing & Brewer One Hour AC, Big O Tires, CBRE, Charleston’s Restaurant,

GETTING SOCIAL Nextiva held a social media campaign in which they donated one dollar to Phoenix Children’s for each Facebook share, re-Tweet, Instagram like, and LinkedIn share, making a contribution of nearly $13,000 to the Condition Critical campaign. At the ABC15 Telethon Nextiva made an additional $25,000 gift, resulting in a total donation of nearly $38,000.

Danzeisen Dairy, Dolce Salon & Spa, FELD Entertainment, Fry’s Food Stores, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Hungry Howie’s, IHOP, Landings Credit Union, Macy’s, Nextiva, Panda Express, Rubio’s, Sagicor, Sam’s Club, Scripps Howard Foundation, Smashburger, Spinato’s Pizzeria, Stream Logistics, Taylor Morrison, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club/Valley Kids Foundation Walmart, Whataburger, Z’Tejas and Zerorez


A HEALING PAW PetSmart Charities continues their support of the PetSmart Paws Can Heal Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, having donated more than $425,000 to name the program. Animalassisted therapy provides valuable physical and emotional benefits to children who are faced with a serious illness or injury, reducing stress levels, helping kids forget about their pain, motivating them to participate in therapy and providing a sense of normalcy.

Ringing Success

Granting Hope Nearly 200 Leadership Circle members attended the Grant Proposal Luncheon at Paradise Valley Country Club in April. The program featured Leadership Circle Director Chair, Jill Krigsten, emcee and 12 News Meteorologist, Caribe Devine, and presentations by the six grant finalists. After members voted on which proposals to support, four recipients received grants totaling $351,000. Funded projects include tumor assessment and characterization by MRI; a hospital medical command

communication system; a multi-center clinical trial for 3D printed models; and the diagnosis and management of eosinophilic esophagitis. Since 2004 Leadership Circle has funded more than $3.6 million in grants, with all supported programs directly benefiting patients and families. Members contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually and pool their funds to collectively make a significant impact on the future of patient care at Phoenix Children’s. For more information on becoming a member visit PCHLC.org.

Throughout the month of August, Bell Honda donated $100 to Phoenix Children's Hospital for each car sold. Employees also contributed to the fundraising efforts through payroll deductions and raffles, resulting in a donation of more than $60,000.



Giving PCH Patients a Hand By selling Phoenix Children’s Hospital bracelets for a donation of $1 or more, Valley Walgreens stores raised more than $91,000 in just two weeks. The bracelets featured the words Fighter, Hope, Courage and Strength — all inspired by Phoenix Children’s patients.

HOPE ON WHEELS Hyundai awarded Phoenix Children’s a $50,000 Impact Grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Phoenix-area Hyundai dealers in support of the fight against pediatric cancer. The funds were presented during a Handprint Ceremony, when young patients left their handprints on a canvas and doctor’s coat as a part of the program’s signature symbol of hope.



Downright Fun More than 20 patients treated in the Pediatric Down Syndrome Clinic were dressed to the nines and walked the runway to raise $17,000 for the Clinic during the 3rd Annual Downright Beautiful Fashion Show. The show was emceed by Kevin Ray from Pure Energy Sports and featured Kohl’s fashions and hair styles by Rolfs Hair Salon. During the program guests heard from Jamie Brewer, an actress and the first female model with Down syndrome to walk New York Fashion Week, and Julia Banahan, a devoted Clinic volunteer. The Downright

Remarkable Award was presented to Lynda Christel, one of the pioneers who helped establish the Clinic three years ago.

Special thanks to sponsors Hastings & Hastings, Pacific Dental Services/Every Kid’s Dentist & Orthodontist, Ensemble Real Estate Solutions, Hanger Clinic, Mass Mutual, John Wright, Kohl’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Alliance Beverage Distributing Company.

SPIRITED SUPPORT Fiesta Bowl Charities donated $50,000 to the Condition Critical campaign to build a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at Phoenix Children’s. After presenting the check, members of their team and their mascot, Spirit, handed out toys to patients throughout the hospital.


Jersey Score Jersey Mike’s Subs locations throughout the Valley collected donations from customers throughout the organization’s Month of Giving in March. The campaign culminated with their Day of Giving on March 30, when local restaurants donated 100 percent of the day’s proceeds to Phoenix Children’s. Jersey Mike’s nearly doubled their fundraising total from last year, giving more than $108,000 to the Hospital.

Unidos Para PCH SHARING HOPE Nearly 200 guests attended the 2016 HOPE Charity Gala, a casino night at The Yard in Tempe that raised $25,000 for the hospital. Patient advocate Chance (pictured left) shared his experiences with Phoenix Children’s and held back tears as a generous supporter purchased and presented him with two pieces of autographed sports memorabilia. He described the night as “the best night of his life.”

Telemundo Phoenix teamed up with Phoenix Children’s to host the hospital’s first Spanish-language telethon, Unidos Para PCH. The 12-hour broadcast received widespread community support and raised nearly $95,000 for the Hospital. The event featured live cut-ins throughout the day to share patient stories, doctor interviews, check presentations and tote board updates.

Thank you to presenting sponsor Sanderson Ford, phone bank sponsor APS and additional sponsors Bar S, Filimex (Filibertos), FUD Foods, Jarritos, Los Altos Ranch Market, Panda Express, QuikTrip and El Sol Foods.



Pawsitively Delightful More than 300 guests and 200 canine companions enjoyed gourmet meals at the PERA Club during Dine With Your Dog, presented by PetSmart, raising $65,000 for the PetSmart Paws Can Heal AnimalAssisted Therapy Program. Attendees walked the green carpet, sipped on signature cocktails from Tito’s and OHSO, and enjoyed the Best in Breed Play Areas

IN OUR CORNER Valley-wide Corner Store locations raised more than $110,000 for Phoenix Children’s by asking their customers for a donation of $1 or more during their month-long campaign in June.



hosted by the Arizona Cardinals, Alta Vista Veterinary, and Desert Diamond Casinos. The evening was highlighted by Braden, a 14-year-old brain tumor survivor who shared the importance of animal-assisted therapy in his recovery, and program volunteers who spoke about the impact their dogs make on young patients.

Fundraising Through Fitness Phoenix Children's Hospital supporters looking to have fun and get fit joined Miles That Matter and participated in athletic events giving back to the hospital including Phoenix Marathon, Turkey Day 5k, Tempe Tri, Foam Glow, BubbleRUN, El Tour de Mesa, and the Phoenix Frontrunners Pride Run. For information on how to join visit PCHMilesThatMatter.org


On Key McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Arizona’s 100 percent non-profit music festival, raised $25,000 for Phoenix Children’s. During the three-day festival at Margaret T. Hance Park, music lovers and community and cultural champions listened to dozens of top local and national bands headlined by Beck, Kid Cudi and the Avett Brothers, while supporting the local community.

BLIZZARD IN THE DESERT Dairy Queen restaurants throughout the Valley raised more than $70,000 for Phoenix Children’s through year-round fundraising efforts. The restaurants hosted multiple icon campaigns and a Free Cone Day, with the efforts culminating in Miracle Treat Day on July 28, when they donated $1 or more from the sale of each Blizzard sold locally to Phoenix Children’s.

Rounding Up Support More than 55 large boxes of toys, books, games, puzzles, diapers and more were collected by the Phoenix Children's Hospital Teen Board and their “deputies” during the Red Wagon Round Up donation drive. The event culminated with a celebration at the Hospital, where hundreds of teens and parents enjoyed

food, activities and a live performance by singer-songwriter Taylor Upsahl. Sponsors Discount Tire and the Steele Foundation provided funds for a supply of red wagons to transport patients throughout the hospital, and the Teen Board raised a total of $38,000 for the Emergency Department.



READY FOR TAKE-OFF Guests packed their bags in the hopes of taking off on a dream vacation during the annual Suitcase Party hosted by The 20-30 Club of Phoenix. Lucky winners boarded private flights to Las Vegas and Palm Springs, and hopped in limos for intown staycations, as the event raised $20,000 for Phoenix Children’s.

Effect Parents of children affected by congenital heart disease formally launched Heart Effect, a philanthropic group supporting the Children’s Heart Center and Cardiac 3D Print Lab, during a kick-off party on May 12. Hosted by Jaime Cerreta from 3TV, the evening featured personal stories shared by Heart Effect board members, as well as presentations from Phoenix Children's

cardiologists. More than 100 guests were treated to drinks, appetizers and the chance to help save lives by supporting the lifesaving technology of the Children’s Heart Center. That evening, more than 30 families and individuals joined as new annual members, bringing Heart Effect’s fundraising total to date to $25,000.

Racing For A Cure The Grand Canyon University Foundation hosted the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer in support of Phoenix Children’s and Children’s Cancer Network. More than 2,000 runners and walkers joined together on the GCU campus to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer by participating in a 5K, 10K and Survivor’s Walk. Emma (pictured center), a Phoenix Children’s patient, served as the honorary race starter, with the event raising $42,000 for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.




CAMPAIGN CRAZE Costco Wholesale warehouses in the Valley sold $1 miracle balloon icons to customers and banner ads to local businesses, contributing nearly $768,000 to Phoenix Children’s. Each warehouse rallied around their local honor patient from Phoenix Children’s, who was on-site during the campaign to encourage employees, vendors and customers to donate.

Teeing Up Fun More than 50 Phoenix Children’s patients participated in the Tee It Up For Kids golf clinic held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club by instructor Scott Sackett. Patients participated in rotating golf stations, instructed by some of the top teachers in the Valley. The event raised nearly $62,000 for the Aerodigestive Clinic and Child Life Department.

Special thanks to sponsors Cisco, Phoenix Magazine, Peter Millar, Carefree Embroidery, Coca-Cola, Phoenix Suns, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, Explosion Sports Wear, GPW, Parker Madison, Phoenix Design One, Titleist, Phoenix Air Repair, Renewal by Anderson, Cresa and McCormick Ranch Golf Course.

‘FUN’DRAISING AT ITS BEST By hosting a variety of employee events, including a pizza eating contest, raffles, Wii bowling and a golf tournament, CDW raised more than $60,000 for Phoenix Children’s during the month of July, a record-breaking year for their fundraising efforts.

Walking for Hope High school students, survivors, family members and physicians joined together for the 15th Annual Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research Walk-a-thon at Saguaro High School. The event featured brain tumor survivor Ben Hu singing the national anthem, a silent auction and live bands, with more than $42,000 in proceeds donated to Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s.





Holiday Cards Packs of holiday cards designed by patients treated in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will be on sale online at PCHKidsArt.org or at retailers including Cobblestone Auto Spa, IHOP, and Desert Schools Federal Credit Unions. Larger packs and corporate card options are also available online. All proceeds benefit the Center.


Miles That Matter Mesa Phoenix Marathon Team Join the Miles That Matter team for the Mesa Phoenix Marathon on February 25. The training program will kick off in October when runners meet their MVPs (Most Valuable Patients), who will cheer them on throughout their training and run. Miles That Matter features professionally-coached run groups throughout the Valley, paid registration for the Mesa Phoenix Marathon, and a VIP tent at the starting line with bathrooms and heaters. Commit to raise $750 for Phoenix Children’s, and we’ll help you fundraise. Register for the marathon or half marathon at PCHMilesThatMatter.org.


Chaparral Winds Car Show OCTOBER 15

7 Chef Series Rock Out! Enjoy 80’s rock-inspired menu items prepared by nine of the Valley’s top chefs and mixologists, and rock out to live music and entertainment at DeSoto Central Market during this event benefiting the Condition Critical campaign to build a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Thanks to presenting sponsor PEM/ Professional Equity Management. For tickets or info visit PCHRockOut.com.



Bob’s Biker Blast

The 5th annual event, hosted by Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, GO AZ Motorcycles, Spooky Fast Customs and businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur Bob Parsons, offers casual bikers, bike enthusiasts and music lovers the chance to rev it up while making a difference for patients at Phoenix Children’s. The event kicks off with a selfguided ride departing from Phoenix Children’s and heading to Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, where party-goers will enjoy food, entertainment, and music. For tickets visit IRide4PCH.com.



Enjoy food, music, raffles and amazing classic cars at this show benefiting the Hospital at Chaparral Winds. For info call (623) 975-0880.


Torch Relay This unique multi-day relay event taking place in cities around the country comes to Phoenix on October 28. For information or to register for the 5K visit www.torch-relay.org.


Extra Life Pledge to play games in honor of our patients and ask friends and family to support you. Gamers can play any game they want on any platform for as little as one hour or for the entire 24 hours. Register at Extra-Life.org.


American Girl Fashion Show


Leadership Circle Launch Leadership Circle members make a minimum annual contribution of $1,000, pool their funds, and vote on which Hospital programs and services their gifts support. Don’t miss this kickoff event at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Harold C. Price, Sr. House, where you can find out more about the impact your support can make. For information visit PCHLC.org.


Care Card Shopping Event Purchase a Care Card for $60 and receive 20 percent off at more than 500 participating Care Card retailers and restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Developmental Pediatrics Department. Get your card from The Board of Visitors, participating retailers, or online at TheCareCard.org.


More than 200 young models will walk the runway during four shows to showcase historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls during the American Girl Fashion Show at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The event includes refreshments, favors, a raffle, and door prizes, with proceeds benefiting The Emily Center Family Health Library at Phoenix Children’s. For tickets visit GivetoPCHF.org/agfs.


Scuderia Southwest’s Festival of Speed Presented by Russo and Steele, it’s the Valley’s premier automotive event showcasing the very best of high-performance European exotics like Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo and more. In excess of 100 cars (some valued in the millions and rarely seen in public) will be featured in a beautiful setting at McCormick Scottsdale Hotel from 9am to 1pm. Spectator admission is free. For information visit ScuderiaSouthwest.com.

Children’s Fight for Life Casino Night Everyone wins at the 11th Annual Children’s Fight for Life Casino Night taking place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The evening features a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and casino-style gaming to benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Visit ChildrensFightforLife.com for tickets.




NOVEMBER 21 – 28

Festival of Trees


Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament Held at Troon North Golf Club, this premier charity golf tournament attracts 300 of the community’s most active and affluent business leaders and has raised more than $5.3 million for Phoenix Children’s in the past 17 years. Registration includes lunch, tee gift, invitation to the Night BeFORE Party and the 19th Hole Awards Celebration. Register at PCHGolf.com.



The 6th annual festival will be held in partnership with the Foundation’s women’s board, WINGS. This year’s event features Evergreen Couture in a showcase of spectacular, one-of-a-kind holiday trees and wreaths designed by accomplished interior designers. The decorated trees and wreaths will be on display and up for bidding in the Neiman Marcus wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Trees will be delivered to the highest bidders just in time for the holidays. For information or to bid visit PCHFestivalofTrees.com.

Ignite Hope

The 5th annual candlelight walk to the hospital will begin at North High School (Thomas and 12th Street) with a family-friendly event that includes food and entertainment. As walkers arrive in front of the Hospital, Phoenix Children’s patients will wave candles from their windows to welcome them. An inspirational program will follow, featuring holiday carols led by patients and the lighting of the Phoenix Children’s holiday tree. Watch for news about the event via media partner 12 News and visit PCHIgniteHope.com to register.





Beach Ball

Escape to the Cape for the 24th Annual Beach Ball, benefiting the Department of Surgery at Phoenix Children’s. The Valley’s most unique gala will feature a Cape Cod theme and clam bake at Scottsdale Hangar One. Reserve your table at PCHBeachBall.com.



Turkey Day Run Phoenix

Dance Marathon at Northern Arizona University

The event hosted by Lifetime Fitness offers a 5K, 10K, 1-Mile Gobbler Dash for kids 12 and under, and 25-50 yard dash for kids 6 and under. Visit TurkeyDay-5k.com/races/phoenix for info.


Arizona Coyotes Foundation Telethon The Arizona Coyotes, in conjunction with FOX Sports Arizona, will hold a telethon benefiting Phoenix Children’s during the telecast of the Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning game. The phones will be answered by Coyotes alumni and other local celebrities and a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Hospital. Call (623) 772-3397 for more information.


Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research Walk-a-thon Lace up your shoes and join survivors, high school students and families at Saguaro High School in raising funds and awareness for brain tumor research at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s. To register visit SSBTR.org.

The students at NAU will host their 2nd annual event to dance and celebrate for 12 hours for Phoenix Children’s patients. For information visit NAUDanceMarathon.com.


Arizona State University Dance Marathon This ASU student-run event is a 12-hour dance party where students stay on their feet to “stand for kids who can’t,” during an evening featuring patients sharing their stories, live performances and entertainment. Visit ASUDM.com for more information on how to get involved.


McDowell Mountain Music Festival Music lovers won’t want to miss this festival celebrating community, culture and charity at Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix. A portion of proceeds benefits Phoenix Children’s. For info visit MMMF.com.





Arizona Bike Week “Hand In Hand” Ride Ride Hand in Hand with Phoenix Children’s patients during the 4th annual charity ride for Phoenix Children’s during Arizona Bike Week. Bikers gather at the Hospital for breakfast before taking off for Bike Week festivities at WestWorld of Scottsdale. For information visit AZBikeWeek.com.


GCU Run to Fight Children’s Cancer Join in the 10K, 5K or Survivor’s Walk on the Grand Canyon University campus and help raise funds for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. A Phoenix Children’s patient will help start the race, which is followed by activities for the whole family. Register at RuntoFightCancer.com.


Downright Beautiful Fashion Show During the sweetest fashion show in town, our patients walk the runway at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects to raise money for the Pediatric Down Syndrome Clinic. Visit DSFashionShow.org for tickets or information.

APRIL 2017

ABC15 Telethon ABC15 will broadcast live from Phoenix Children’s during the 6th Annual Telethon. The event features a superhero theme to honor the patients fighting for their lives and will include on-air personalities from ABC15, celebrity appearances, a phone bank staffed by sponsors and volunteers, and the real heroes – patients and families – sharing their inspirational stories. For information on sponsorships contact [email protected]

APRIL 2017

Bubble RUN Run, walk, dance and play through the three-mile course at Goodyear Ballpark, as you’re soaked with colored suds along the way. To register visit BubbleRun.com.



Valley Partners Check out these fundraising campaigns supporting Phoenix Children’s Hospital at our partner locations throughout the Valley. SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 31

Spirit Halloween Get 10% off at Spirit Halloween with a Spirit of Children coupon, and they will donate 10% to the Child Life Department at Phoenix Children’s.

OCTOBER 1 – 31

Great Clips All locations will be raising funds by selling Miracle Balloons for a $1 minimum donation.


Z’Tejas Cornbread For A Cause Valley-wide locations will donate 100 percent of sales from their freshly baked cornbread to Phoenix Children’s.


Credit Union 4 Kids – Shop for Miracles Each time members use their credit union-issued credit or debit card, participating credit unions will make a donation benefiting 1 Darn Cool School and Camp Rainbow.


Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Valley locations will sell the Cane Dogs plush puppy, with all net proceeds benefiting animalassisted therapy. NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 4

Phoenix Mazda Dealerships All eight Valley-wide Mazda dealerships will donate $150 from every car sold to the customer’s choice of Phoenix Children’s or one of four national charities during their Drive for Good campaign.


Danzeisen Dairy Campaign Danzeisen Dairy will donate their milk money to Phoenix Children’s by contributing a portion of proceeds from every bottle of Danzeisen milk sold.


IHOP National Pancake Day In celebration of National Pancake Day, Valley IHOP restaurants will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, while encouraging them to make a donation to Phoenix Children’s.


Papa John’s 40/10 Promotion Enter promo code PCH at PapaJohns.com to receive 40% off your order, and Papa John’s will donate 10% of your order to Phoenix Children’s.

Big O Tires Change a Life Campaign Customers can donate spare change to the Hospital in Valley Big O Tires stores.







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Support children treated in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders by making a gift at HopeLivesHerePCH.org. When you do you will qualify for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona state tax credit of up to $800 when filing jointly or $400 for those filing as individuals.