“The power of being supported absolutely cannot be measured.” – Mike, father of Phoenix Children’s patient Hope
On Saturday evening more than 2,500 people joined us for the 4th Annual Ignite Hope candlelight walk, presented by Albertsons, to show their support for the patients and families spending the holidays at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The record number of walkers offered inspiration and hope to children and families facing difficult circumstances during what should be a joyous time of year.
Participants were introduced to Evelyn, Sarah, Madeline and Martrevion, Phoenix Children’s patients who wanted to say hi from inside the hospital. They shared how much it meant to them to be encouraged by the community before waving to the crowd from their rooms with candles of their own. “I want to thank the people who walked for all the patients, because having someone do that for us is really important and makes us feel like they are thinking about us,” said Madeline. We are extremely thankful to all of the sponsors, partners, families and walkers who made the event such a special evening for those watching from inside and raised more than $356,000 for the hospital. Walkers also donated thousands of toys to ensure that hospitalized patients will have special gifts to open this Christmas.
Check out several photos from the event:
Ignite Hope would not have been possible without the generous support of our community partners. Many thanks to our presenting sponsor, Albertsons, and to our media partner, 12 News. We greatly appreciate corporate sponsors AmTrust Bank, Feld Entertainment and RED Development and partners Bell Honda, Gila River Casinos, Pizza Hut, 1n3 LLC, Odyssey Services Corporation, Bank of Arizona, The Container Store, BigO Tires, Culver’s, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Grand Canyon Title Agency, LabCorp, Rubio’s, Statistics & Data Corporation, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club/Valley Kids Foundation, Whole Foods, CBRE, Kind Bars, Interstate Batteries, Muscular Moving Men, Pepsi, Sam’s Club, Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Phoenix Plaza and Tour West America.
We hope that everyone in attendance was inspired by the power of the event. Thank you all for making this holiday season a little more special for our patient families.