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How Philanthropy Fuels Healing and Inspiration

Olivia’s Triumph Over Epilepsy

Olivia’s Triumph Over Epilepsy

It all started when Olivia was just four. Spunky, with a skyrocketing IQ, their youngest, precocious daughter told her mom she was going to faint at their grandmother’s house in Pinetop.

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MVP – Leighton

MVP – Leighton

7-year-old Leighton is like most kids. After school she juggles a full roster of sports – hockey and baseball are her favorites. (Her dad’s a former MLB pitcher and her mom, a coach and manager of a league of girls’ softball teams). But she’s not like most kids in that a diagnosis in May stopped all the juggling balls as she underwent surgery and chemotherapy at Phoenix Children’s.

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Carlos – Bell Ringing

Carlos – Bell Ringing

On his special day, Carlos’ nurses also signed a pair of boxing gloves for him to take home. He was lifted up by his mom and dad to ring the bell. His extended family members cheered him on, decked out in their Disney shirts, ready for the trip to follow. They were ready to step out of the ring and back into all that Carlos has to look forward to –a trip to Disney, a new baby brother or sister and NO MORE CHEMO!

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Xani – Bell Ringing

Xani – Bell Ringing

Cancer treatment isn't for the weak, just ask Xani. Her strength carried her to hit an incredible milestone in her journey. #StepUpWithPCH

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The Dance Continues

The Dance Continues

Most teenage girls love make-up tutorials. 15-year-old Kate Campa is no exception – and yet fighting blemishes and acne aren’t her biggest challenges. While she’s creating the perfect contour, she’s also fighting cancer.

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A JOYful Ending

A JOYful Ending

It is an image he can’t get out of his mind. “It was horrific. She just was kneeling on the ground and crying. That memory still breaks my heart. It was her baby floating in that pool, and there was nothing she could do.”

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Home is Where the Heart Is (Or, Where You Get A New One)

Home is Where the Heart Is (Or, Where You Get A New One)

Unbreakable. Through it all – the stress, the exhaustion, the worry, the fear — it’s the word that comes most to mind for Annie Lucero. Unbreakable, because in the midst of their shattered dreams for their baby, there was hope. They’ve had to bend, but they’re not broken. But their precious little boy’s heart was. And that’s where their story began.

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More than Child’s Play: Child Life Specialists Help Patients Cope and Heal Faster

More than Child’s Play: Child Life Specialists Help Patients Cope and Heal Faster

Imagine you’re 6 years old. After a terrifying accident, you were pried from a car, whisked into an ambulance and rushed to the trauma center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All you can see are glaring lights and the faces of people you don’t know. Doctors are urgently giving orders. Nurses are putting a mask over your face and needles in your arm. You can‘t breathe; you’re disoriented, and no one knows your name yet. Your tears spill over and you begin to panic. Then, a Child Life Specialist enters the room. Everything changes.

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Dr. Michael Kruer: Cracking the Code to Cerebral Palsy

Dr. Michael Kruer: Cracking the Code to Cerebral Palsy

When Michael Kruer was in medical school, he knew he wanted to work with children. But his advisors cautioned him against specializing in neurology. They told him it was one of the most difficult fields to practice — and that he may never be able to look a patient in the eye and tell them he could take away what ails them. Dr. Kruer took this as a challenge.

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A Special Visit from Santa

A Special Visit from Santa

He may be getting ready to fly all around the world but Santa recently took some time out of his extremely busy schedule to visit the nicest kids around. Of course, we’re talking about our awesome patients here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The kids wrote extra special letters to Santa so he could see not...

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Santa could never forget the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Last week he made one of his many visits to our kids with his magic mailbox. Stacks and stacks of letters to Santa were left in his magic mailbox for delivery to the elves in the North Pole. Obviously Santa wanted to share some of...

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Video: How Deep Brain Stimulation Helped Kaitlynn

Video: How Deep Brain Stimulation Helped Kaitlynn

Active and bright at 5 years old with dreams of becoming a ballerina, Kaitlynn developed a movement disorder called dystonia and became unable to walk, talk, feed herself or hold a pencil for years. Her family brought her to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after being told by a neurologist in another state there wasn’t anything that could be done for her.

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PCH Patients Will Ride Again!

PCH Patients Will Ride Again!

Last month, we were faced with an important problem here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Several of the Radio Flyer wagons that we use to transport young patients around the Hospital had gone missing and needed to be replaced. These wagons provide invaluable comfort to little ones who are already dealing with a lot while in an unfamiliar environment.

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Donations Help our Radio Flyer Hopes Soar

Donations Help our Radio Flyer Hopes Soar

When we started our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to replace some missing wagons, we had no idea how quickly and generously people would respond. Within 12 hours of starting the campaign we had met our goal of $1500! We are totally blown away by your support!

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A Ride in the Batmobile

A Ride in the Batmobile

Bruce Wayne — who, of course, is a well-known philanthropist — is a supporter of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Mr. Wayne periodically invites some of the hospital’s patients and families to Wayne Labs for a visit.

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