Every year Phoenix Children’s Hospital treats thousands of kids who reside outside of Maricopa County. In fact, in 2014 the Hospital saw more than 24,000 patients from elsewhere across the state — patients like Alexis (pictured below) from Yuma, Ariz., who received lifesaving treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Alexis-5-600pxAlexis’s story began in Sonora, Mexico, while visiting family. The family celebration quickly turned into a nightmare when the 5-year-old was bitten by a large dog and sustained severe, life-threatening injuries. His family rushed him to the local hospital, but doctors couldn’t stabilize him, and soon he was in an ambulance to a hospital in Yuma. Hours after the devastating bite, doctors in Yuma realized the only place Alexis would have a fighting chance to survive his injuries would be at Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Alexis was airlifted 180 miles to Phoenix Children’s, where doctors were able to re-establish an airway and save his life!

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores recognizes the need to provide the best for patients like Alexis and are committed to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Just like many of our patients, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are in towns and cities outside of the Valley. They are even in Alexis’s hometown of Yuma. Their commitment to Phoenix Children’s, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for the past 16 years, has been nothing less than astounding. In this short timeframe they have raised $560,000 for our patients and their families. They will continue to raise awareness and funds for the hospital from Aug. 25 through Sept. 30 by offering customers the chance to make a donation of $1 or more at any Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. In return customers will receive a Miracle Balloon to write their name on, which will be displayed proudly in-store.

Whether you are stopping to get gas or picking up a few snacks on your way to your destination, put your money where the miracles are and donate today! For a list of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores please visit