Ignite Hope
Saturday, December 14, 2019

In one event and two locations, Phoenix Children’s combined holiday spirit with remembrance, inspiration and a promise to Ignite Hope for others.

For the 8th year, Ignite Hope – Phoenix delivered on the promise of holiday cheer to patients and families coping with illness and injuries during the season of giving. As the Hospital expands its reach into local communities, the Ignite Hope – West Valley inaugural event was launched simultaneously. Their candlelight walk stopped at Phoenix Children’s Avondale Specialty & Urgent Care.

Between the two locations, more than 3,000 walkers gathered in a robust show of support. Many participants also engaged in fundraising efforts, raising a record $453,000. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hope Fund, supporting the most pressing needs for technology, research, charitable care and more.

Preludes to the walk in each location included festive holiday fun, including face painting and photos with Santa. Walkers held battery-lit candles and were greeted by a CCV music team, which capped each event with familiar holiday favorites. The night concluded with the ceremonial lighting of the holiday trees. Donations are still welcome: PCHIgniteHope.com

Ignite Hope Phoenix would not be possible without generous community support: Pizza Hut; 1Wish; 12News; iHeart Media & 104.7 KISS FM; Bell Honda; Gila River Hotels & Casinos; American Textile Recycling Services; Odyssey Services Corp

Ignite Hope West Valley would not be possible without generous community support: Pizza Hut; 1Wish; 12News; iHeart Media & 104.7 KISS FM, American Textile Recycling Services; Huhtamaki


The Inspiration

In October 2011, Katie a 15-year-old high school sophomore was diagnosed with a rare form of stage 4 cancer. The disease impacts about five in one million kids, but each one has a face and a story.

While undergoing aggressive treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Katie’s friends from high school and her church youth group held a candlelight vigil in her honor at the Hospital. They wanted to give her something, and they did – the gift of hope.

Not only was Katie looking out her window at the hundreds of kids gathered for her, but other patients also received that same gift as they peered from their windows. And a new tradition was born at Phoenix Children’s – a candlelit walk to celebrate hope. The inaugural Ignite Hope walk took place December 2012. It was a new tradition for patients, families, and supporters to lift up all who cope with illnesses during the holidays. To celebrate life and to honor those lost, like Katie.

Katie was able to participate in the first Ignite Hope walk at Phoenix Children’s. Sadly she passed away on September 17, 2013, but her legacy continues to inspire the Valley each year. Join us, and Shine Your Light on those in need of hope and healing this holiday season.