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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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Living Proof Your Donations Matter: Tyler

Living Proof Your Donations Matter: Tyler

Many parents worry over their children’s health; for health care professionals who are also parents, the worries seem to double every time they see a new illness or try to help a child recover from a serious accident.

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Living Proof Your donations Matter: Isaiah

Living Proof Your donations Matter: Isaiah

A lot of people think it would be cool to be born on Halloween; not only would you get birthday cake on your big day, you’d get tons and tons of candy! Isaiah was born on October 31st but he’s never had candy. In fact, Isaiah has never tasted food at all.

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Living Proof Your Donations Matter: Anthony

Living Proof Your Donations Matter: Anthony

When you meet Anthony and see how full of life and love he is, it’s difficult to imagine that he almost wasn’t here to charm his parents and everyone who has been privileged to meet him. But a serious car accident when Anthony’s mom Tyesha was 34 weeks pregnant made it seem impossible that he would live more than a few days, let alone become an energetic and awesome little boy.

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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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