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.

Garth Brooks at The Child Life Zone openingThe 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 includes a variety of amenities that help kids to relax, such as air hockey and pool tables, a theater, pinball machines, and a broadcast studio.

A handful of photos from the celebration are below, and you can find more in this special photo set on Flickr.

The Zone is made possible because of a wonderful endowment from the Teammates for Kids Foundation, an organization that was not only co-founded by Garth Brooks (pictured), but also includes football legends such as  Troy Aikman and Anthony Munoz on its Board of Directors. The Zone is an incredible resource for PCH kids, and the patients and staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital are grateful for the Teammates for Kids Foundation’s generosity.

If you would like to help the lives of PCH patients as well, please consider making a donation now or volunteering some of your time in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures below.

A PCH Patient with Stormtroopers

Stormtroopers with a PCH Patient.

Craft projects during The Zone's celebration

Craft projects during The Zone’s celebration.

Singing with a Stormtrooper

Singing with a Stormtrooper.

Happy Birthday to The Zone!

Happy Birthday to The Zone!