Wow! ABC15 Telethon for Phoenix Childrens Hospital raises $355,841

Thank you Arizona for helping us to raise $355,841 for the kids of Phoenix Children's Hospital!

During our 18-hour-long telethon Wednesday, so many of you made incredible donations.

Every dollar raised will now have a direct impact on patient care.

Last year alone, PCH had 13,834 inpatient admissions, 76,006 visits to the Emergency Department, 351,060 physician visits and 15,424 surgical procedures.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been undergoing a major expansion in the past several years to keep up with the demand for its world-class care.

A state-of-the-art new patient tower opened in 2011, making Phoenix Children’s one of the largest children’s hospital in the country. In 2012, the Children’s Heart Center and Molecular Medicine Institute opened.

In 2013, plans were announced for a new Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center to serve the nearly 80,000 kids who need its essential care each year.

Our superhero-themed telethon included live broadcasts from the Hospital’s main campus by ABC15 on-air personalities including Katie Raml, Steve Irvin, Stephanie Hockridge, Connie Colla, Dan Spindle, Amber Sullins, Chris Sign, Paul Calvisi, Susan Casper and Terri Ouellette. Features from the day included Batman and Spiderman washing the Hospital’s windows as patients looked on, crafts with Arizona Cardinals’ player Mike Leach in the Child Life Zone, animal assisted therapy dogs performing tricks, and a visit from nearly a dozen superheroes. The high points came when the true heroes, Phoenix Children’s patients, shared their inspirational stories with viewers.

“On a day that we celebrated our heroes at Phoenix Children’s, we couldn’t be more grateful for the way the community stepped up by becoming Heroes for Hope,” said Steve Schnall, the Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “I want to express our sincere thanks to the entire ABC15 team for sharing the wonderful stories that happen every day at Phoenix Children’s and raising such an incredible amount of money in just one day.”

The support of corporate partners contributed significantly to the success of the event. Partners included: Sanderson Ford & Lincoln, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, and Biltmore Loan & Jewelry, plus Ace Hardware, Arizona Central Credit Union, Arizona Lottery, Charleston’s Restaurant, Cobblestone Auto Spa, Culver’s, Chicken of the Sea, Curacao, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Fry’s Food Stores,, IHOP, Jersey Mike’s, Landings Credit Union, Macy’s, Novocur Pain Clinics, Panda Express, Red Devil Restaurant, Sagicor, Sleep America, Smashburger, Sprouts Farmers Market, Taylor Morrison, The UPS Store, TITLE Boxing Club, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club, Walgreens, Walmart, Whataburger and Zerorez.

Also on hand to show their support were Mayor Greg Stanton, ASU Football coach Todd Graham, fitness trainer and ABC network star Chris Powell, Arizona Cardinals players Lorenzo Alexander and Darren Fells, and Cardinals cheerleaders with Big Red.

“Our telethon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital was a wonderful success,” said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15. “We appreciate the opportunity to help the community take action to make a tough time a little easier for families at the hospital. We couldn’t have achieved our goal without the support of our corporate partners and caring community. ”

For additional information about the ABC15 Telethon benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital, contact the Hospital’s Foundation at (602) 933-GIVE (4483) or visit

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