Inaugural PCH teen board replaces wheelchairs with wagons

Members of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Teen Board unite to present 70 new wagons full of donations to the hospital on April 30th. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Teen Board unite to present 70 new wagons full of donations to the hospital on April 30th. (Submitted photo)

Teen Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently held its “Red Wagon Roundup,” raising money for 70 new red wagons to transport patients around the hospital instead of using wheelchairs.

More than $35,000 was raised, according to a press release, noting that proceeds will also support the “Condition Critical Campaign” for the new PCH Emergency Department. The newly-formed board, consisting of 30 teens from seven local high schools, raised more toys than could fit into the wagons, the release said.

Teen board members solicited 54 deputies to hold individual toy drives to fill the wagons. The estimated value of the toys raised was an additional $15,000 to benefit the hospital’s Child Life Department, according to the prepared statement. The inaugural event’s program included a musical performance by Taylor Upsahl, a 16-year-old local singer.

There was food, carnival games, face-painting, balloon-twisting, a gift card raffle and presentations by former and current patients. Discount Tire Company and the Steele Foundation were sponsors of the event that had about 150 people who attended.

Go to phoenixchildrensfoundation.org.

Teen Board President Grace Kolbe, of Phoenix, and Teen Board Vice President Sydney Zuieback , of Paradise Valley, celebrate their fundraising success (Submitted photo)

Teen Board President Grace Kolbe, of Phoenix, and Teen Board Vice President Sydney Zuieback , of Paradise Valley, celebrate their fundraising success (Submitted photo)

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