Ignite Hope
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Don’t miss Ignite Hope – a holiday candlelight walk. Make it your annual family tradition and give the gift of hope to patients and their families battling illnesses during the holiday season, an especially difficult time to be sick. Whether in the hospital or at home, this meaningful event brings the community together in a show of support. One tradition – two locations.

Select your location below

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8th Annual Ignite Hope

3:00 – 5:15 PM Pre-walk Festival: North High School

(Thomas Road & 12th Street)

Program & Tree Lighting: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

(Thomas Road & 20th Street)

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Inaugural Ignite Hope West Valley

3:00 – 5:15 PM Pre-walk Festival: Canyon Breeze Elementary School

(Encanto & Avondale Blvd)

Program & Tree Lighting: Avondale Clinic & Urgent Care

(Avondale Blvd & McDowell Road)

All proceeds of the event benefit the Hope Fund. Because health care changes with lightning speed, the Hope Fund provides for the most urgent needs at the Hospital, including new technology, research initiatives and charitable care. The Hope Fund also fuels investments in top-caliber talent and innovative programs that make a significant difference for patients and their families.

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.