More than $1.06 million to fund patient care, programs and services for patients and their families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital was raised during the ninth annual ABC15 Telethon.
ABC15 and the community spearheaded the telethon on April 14. Every ‘Hero for Hope’ donation of $20 a month or a one-time gift of $240 or more was celebrated by delivering a “Superhero Sidekick” stuffed animal to a hospitalized child, according to a press release.
“We are so thankful for the generosity of our viewers,” said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15, in a prepared statement. “We’re also grateful for the support of our telethon partners for championing the essential care Phoenix Children’s provides families in our community.”
The telethon included a phone bank staffed by sponsors, hospital staff and inspirational stories shared by the hospital’s “superhero patients, physicians and staff,” the release said.
ABC15’s Sonoran Living, hosted by Terri Ouellette and Susan Casper, devoted the whole show to the telethon plus a 30-minute special in the afternoon while ABC15 News covered the telethon in every newscast and social media platform throughout the day, detailed the release.
“We are grateful by how the community supported this year’s Telethon,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, in a prepared statement.
“When you tune in and see the families tell their stories of healing and hope, it all hits home. The funds raised will help Phoenix Children’s continue to provide the best patient care to the kids that need our help.”
Each dollar raised during the ABC15 Telethon impacts care, critical programs and services provided to patients and families, the release noted.
Jersey Mikes raised $388,587, contributing significantly to support among the many companies that donated along with numerous sponsors and partners to make the event possible.
“We chose to give back to Phoenix Children’s because giving is in our DNA,” according to Richie MacLachlan, Jersey Mike’s Area Director. “Jersey Mike’s is a company that gives back to the community and makes a difference in people’s lives, and we are so grateful for our entire team and the support of our community for making this a record-breaking fundraising year.”
The ABC15 Telethon returns in early April 2022, but you can still donate to the cause, the release noted.
Visit TelethonForPCH.org to contribute.