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$443,204 raised for Phoenix Children’s

ABC15 and the community at large raised $443,204 to fund patient care, programs and services for patients and their families at Phoenix Children’s during the 10th annual ABC15 Telethon on Wednesday, April 13. 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 child in the Hospital, bringing smiles and a furry friend to patients battling illness.

“The generosity of Arizonans never ceases to amaze us; when we put out the call, our viewers always give with their hearts,” said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15. “We’re inspired by the world-class care the incredible team at Phoenix Children’s provides families in our community.”

The Telethon included a phone bank staffed by sponsors and hospital staff, and inspirational stories ranging from Child Life, Bereavement Program, Kids who give, Autism Research, retinoblastoma diagnosis, and more. ABC15’s Sonoran Living, hosted by Terri Ouellette and Susan Casper, devoted their entire show to the Telethon. ABC15 News covered the Telethon in every newscast and social media platform throughout the day.

“The support from ABC 15 and their viewers is truly exceptional,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The stories told are firsthand accounts of how the services we provide and the care from top talent at Phoenix Children’s are impacting our patients and their families. These funds will go a long way towards helping us continue to recruit the best talent there is and expand to provide more care for those who need it most.”

Each dollar raised during the ABC15 Telethon directly impacts care, critical programs and services provided to patients and families.  If you missed the Telethon, you can still donate to the cause. Visit to contribute. The ABC15 Telethon will return in early April 2023.

The ABC15 Telethon is made possible thanks to corporate sponsors and community partners, which include: Ace Hardware, American Textile Recycling Services, Angry Crab Shack, Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Company, Big O Tires, CSAA Insurance Group, Desert Financial Credit Union, Discover, Earnhardt Auto Centers, Healthy Home Flooring, NOVA Home Loans – Arrowhead, On Q Financial, Panda Express, Plexus Worldwide, Sagicor Life Insurance, Sam’s Club, Scripps Howard Foundation, and Walmart.