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Phoenix Children’s Annual Gala

Phoenix Children’s Annual Gala Will Celebrate Hospital’s Achievements and Fundraise for Growth
Tamara Kraus

Clarissa BurtArizona is a rapidly growing metropolitan center for the arts, sports, and business. Attracted by the mild weather and wide-open land, many are flocking to Phoenix to take advantage of its unique offerings. However, Phoenix also boasts one of America’s premiere pediatric hospitals, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH,) which is looking to heal children in an environment that is both nurturing and scientifically revolutionary.

Recently, PCH has been proud to announce that it has received its initial funding for the Ron Matricaria Institute for Molecular Medicine. This state of the art program is designed to help patients suffering from childhood diseases and disorders by gaining an improved understanding of the disease on a molecular level. More importantly, it applies that knowledge in a clinical setting by personalizing the diagnosis and treatment for each patient.

By being one of the only institutions in the world devoted to pediatric molecular medicine, PCH could be able to develop one of the most accurate databases of childhood disease. Their objective is to help children with cancer and other shattering diseases not just in their local community, but globally.

To celebrate it achieving its initial funding for The Institute and to raise more funds for the groundbreaking program, PCH will be hosting its annual gala on March 1 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. All proceeds will benefit The Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine.

The Institute will use the money raised at the gala to help unlock genetic codes and develop drug therapies in real time to improve the outcome for thousands of young patients. Hope is what this year’s Beach Ball is all about, and the promise of a brighter future for patients who have cancer and other life-threatening diseases is a worthy cause.

Aside from this new development at PCH, the hospital has recently received numerous awards for its excellence in medicine. For its 2013-2014 roundup of America’s best hospitals and hospital programs, The U.S. News & World Report honored PCH with four awards for programs that are among the best in the nation.

“We feel lucky to have one of the country’s best pediatric facilities right here in the Valley,” says Paula Wichterman, Co-Chair for the Beach Ball. “It is comforting to know that if our children needed medical care, PCH has the very best to offer them.”

For more information on the Beach Ball or to purchase tickets for the event, visit or call (602) 933-2669


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