Founded in 1912 by a group of women, Arizona’s Children Association has spent the last century providing housing and care for children who have been orphaned or neglected. The organization now runs more than 40 programs that span every county in the state, serving more than 45,000 children and their families. The organization's foster-care program searches for loving families for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Families who are going through the adoption-certification process can find support through its adoption services. Arizona’s Children Association also recruits, trains, and supervises adoptive families and offers postadoption support services. In addition, a slew of prevention programs—including crisis nursery care, a financial-literacy program, preschool for low-income families, and parent resource centers—work in unison to help communities stop neglect and abuse.
To help reduce the stress associated with receiving medical treatments, each Banner Health pediatric center houses toy closets filled with new, unwrapped toys, books, and games donated by individuals and partner organizations. Children who have undergone a painful procedure, or who are experiencing anxiety in the hospital setting may choose an item from the toy closet to help comfort them during their visits. While Banner Health accepts all donations of new toys, the organization often faces a short supply of playthings for its youngest patients. Teddy bears and crib mobiles help to lessen the stress and discomfort infants may feel while staying at the pediatric centers, and the toys remain theirs to take home upon departure from the facilities.
The CoffeePledge Against Cancer's CoffeeWeek, running September 5–11, pours out coffee for inspiration and fuel during a week of anticancer fundraising. Social media spurs coffee pledgers along on their journey, coordinating tweets, pics, check-ins, and donations on interactive digital displays manned by the many-tentacled CoffeeWeek HQ. Portions of all Phoenix proceeds during the week fly directly to cancer treatments at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, powering the struggle against the disease.
Though there is a team of specialists at Phoenix Natural Medicine, that's not who most patrons will be working with at first. For many patients, their experience will begin with a comprehensive interview with a physician, who will learn about their diet, past illnesses, lifestyle, and more. One member of the team, Dr. Cho Long Kim has experience in everything from naturopathy and pharmacology to nutrition and surgery. The background she gets from patients allows the entire team to provide more useful treatment.
Those treatments may work to improve metabolism, fix digestive issues, and ward off a range of illnesses. Those goals are met with the clinic's wide range of equipment, which include infrared saunas, acupuncture needles, and more. There are also shelves lined with everything from beet-derived vitamin C to helpful digestive bacteria.
Every year, more than 100 amateur and professional cooks prepare fresh salsas for My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge. Proceeds from the daylong salsa competition and festival benefit the Arizona Hemophilia Association, which aims to enhance the life of sufferers and advocate for bleeding disorders. Now in its 30th year, the fest brings in more than 20,000 people annually. In addition to the salsa challenge, the Patron Margarita Mix-Off, which takes place from 12:30?3:30 p.m., challenges local bartenders to compete for the title of Best Margarita and a $500 cash prize. Outside of competitions, margaritas and cold beers wash down unlimited chips and salsa, and the rhythms of live bands keep crowds chewing in unison. Parents can accompany their children into a fun zone with multiple bounce houses, interactive games, and a bungee run.
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided health-care and wellness services for children and their families for nearly three decades. For its efforts, U.S. News and World Report ranked it as 1 of the 50 best hospitals in the nation for four pediatric specialties in 2012. Apart from the emergency services, surgeries, and general checkups, the hospital strives to educate individuals and families in Phoenix and throughout the entire state of Arizona through The Emily Center’s family-health library. Built inside the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Emily Center was established in 1990 by Emily Anderson’s parents. Emily battled a rare form of leukemia for four years and passed away shortly before her seventh birthday. Frustrated by a lack of easy-to-understand information on pediatric-health issues for both children and adults, the Anderson’s founded the center to provide accurate health information free of charge to both hospital patients and the public.