Events: Arizona - Phoenix - Scottsdale
- 7th Annual Ignite Hope
- Phoenix Children's Hospital - Phoenix
- Charity/Benefit Events
Get ready to light up the Valley—and the faces of patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The 7th Annual Ignite Hope holiday candlelight walk will return to Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Celebrate patients during the 1.1 mile walk to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The festivities kick off at North High School with a family-friendly pre-walk party, including face painting, superhero appearances, music, refreshments and an appearance from Santa himself. The holiday candlelit walk to Phoenix Children’s Hospital starts at 5:30 p.m., landing in the Phoenix Children’s parking lot, where patients will wave their own candles from their rooms and witness thousands of people flooding onto the Hospital grounds to wish for their recovery. When walkers arrive at 6 p.m., they’ll take part in an inspirational program led by Channel 12 News Anchor Paul Gerke and, finally, the lighting of the Hospital’s holiday tree.
The Ignite Hope tradition began when the friends and family of then 15-year-old PCH patient Katie Wagner held a candlelight vigil outside her hospital window after she was diagnosed with cancer. While Katie has since passed, the candlelight tradition has lived on to brighten the lives of thousands more patients. Previous years brought 3,000 participants to the hospital grounds. This year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is expecting 3,000 participants — the largest turnout in the event’s history.
A battery-operated candle will be provided to participants 4 and older. Walkers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift for patients who will be hospitalized over the holidays. Participating adults are asked to raise a minimum $100 to help the patients at the hospital. Pre-registration is $40 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger. Same-day registration is $40 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. For more information and to register, visit pchignitehope.com.