Shine Light, Spread Warmth, Ignite Hope for Phoenix Children’s Patients
By Claire Natale -
Tuesday Dec 07, 2021
To continue to spread light and love to Phoenix Children’s patients in 2021, the 10th annual Ignite Hope candlelit walk and celebration will take place at North High School located at 1101 E. Thomas Rd in Phoenix, on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Make Arizona shine with hope during the holiday season by participating in Ignite Hope. Registration is available now at PCHIgniteHope.org for $45 today or $55 on the day of the event. Kids 12 years of age or younger can register for $15. Children under three and virtual participants are free. Registration includes a two-pack of Ignite Hope battery operated candles. Virtual participants will get 10 luminarias to light their home and spread light to the neighborhood.
Every dollar raised benefits the Hope Fund and goes to support the areas of greatest need at Phoenix Children’s. This allows the hospital to respond immediately to urgent needs and continue to be there for every child who needs help, every time. Participation and fundraising efforts will also go to support over 60 programs and services that are fully funded through philanthropy. Programs like animal-assisted therapy, 1 Darn Cool School and art therapy are just some of the many family-centered services offered to children and their families as part of their holistic treatment while at Phoenix Children’s.
The Ignite Hope tradition began in 2011, a year after friends and family of then 15-year-old Phoenix Children’s patient Katie Wagner held a candlelight vigil outside her hospital window after she was diagnosed with cancer. Katie participated in the first Ignite Hope walk. Sadly, she passed away in September 2013. The candlelight tradition has lived on in her remembrance to brighten the lives of patients while marshaling community spirit by raising funds for Phoenix Children’s.
Ignite Hope would not be possible without generous community support: Ensign, 1Wish, Angry Crab Shack, American Textile Recycling Services, Camelback Toyota, Lund Mortgage Team, ACE Hardware, Pizza Hut, and Odyssey Services Corp.