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Updated Sep 13, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Blog: KTAR's Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital - Day 2

It's the second day of the PCH Give-A-Thon benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital has started.

You can HELP by calling 602.933.4567 or by going to

Phoenix Children's Hospital will be celebrating its 30th year next year and YOU can help them do that with your donation.

PCH is one of the largest and most respected children's hospitals in the country.

More than $135K was raised on Day 1.

6:45 a.m.

In the first TWO hours of the day the toteboard has went from $136K to $194K. A great start by the early morning crowd.

7:00 a.m.

Our first patient story is about Christian, a 14-month-old with paralysis of arms.

Christian was 10 months old when he was suddenly stricken with paralysis.

Neurologists are not certain of the cause, but Christian was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation - structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.

The thought was he wouldn't be able to move his arms again but he is now beginning to get movement in them.

The recent affiliation between Barrow Neurological Institute and Phoenix Children's Hospital made our neurosciences program the second-largest in the nation.

8:00 a.m.

Jenelle Sanchez, 5, was in a motor vehicle accident that left her a quadriplegic. She was airlifted with a severe spinal cord injury.

After nearly a year, she is now back in school and has begun moving her fingers and her arms.

Jenelle is a HUGE Justin Bieber fan.

While being interviewed during the Give-A-Thon her family received Bieber tickets.

8:40 a.m.

A live check presentation from the Toteboard sponsor, Wendy's. A $5,000 check presented to KTAR's Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

9:10 a.m.

Nathan Contreras was just 10 weeks old when he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

He hasn't been able to eat actual food for five years and has a G-tube for his nutrition and medication. He is now 7 years old.

In the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital, 220 children and more than 150 adults are currently being treated.

It treats adults too because in the past, there wasn't survival into adulthood.

10:00 a.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill and manager Kirk Gibson stopped down at the Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Both gave a donation and then also gave away Monthly Miracle Maker Teddy Bears to patients up in their rooms.

11:00 a.m.

Arizona Diamondback Willie Bloomquist headed to the rooms to give away Teddy Bears.

11:15 a.m.

Now four-year-old Cora Kasten was just 12 hours old when her parents found out she was born with half of a normal heart. She was immediately airlifted to PCH.

She had heart surgery when she was just four days old, staying in the hospital for three months to make sure she was strong enough to go home.

According to her mom she is a new kid and is able to keep up with her older brother Dalton now.

11:45 a.m.

Wells Fargo, the sponsor of the Give-A-Thon phone bank, gave a $20,000 donation towards Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The total at Noon is $480,490.

12:20 p.m.

Phoenix Coyote Shane Doan called and donated $5,000 to KTAR's Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

1:00 p.m.

Tim and Willy, the newest additions to, donated $10,000 to KTAR's Give-A-THon for Phoenix Children's Hospita.

1:15 p.m.

Phoenix Sun Jared Dudley showed up with friends from the team, Kendall Marshall, Markieff Morris and PJ Tucker.

Dudley donated $5,000 to KTAR's Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Dudley and his teammates then took Teddy Bears up to kids in the rooms at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

2:00 p.m.

A little girl was diagnosed with Aicardi syndrome at 3 months old. She has constant seizures and will have to live with it for the rest of her life. She is now four years old.

3:15 p.m.

Hall of Famer Annie Myers-Drysdale gave a $5,000 donation to Phoenix Children's Hospital on the behalf of the Phoenix Mercury.

3:30 p.m.

Cooper is 8 years old and has leukemia. He was diagnosed in March. They first thought he had a broken leg but a blood test proved something else.

4:15 p.m.

Joseph was a "normal" active teenage and on a church retreat with his sister and felt very light headed and dizzy. The counselors thought it had to do with the altitude but he wasn't getting better so they took him to a hospital.

He was transported to PCH and told his heart was failing. He had to have a heart transplant at PCH.

PCH currently performs approximately one heart transplant per month. It is the fifth largest pediatric cardiac program in the nation.

5:00 p.m.

Century Link Vice President Ken McMahan presented a check for $31,545 to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Much of the money from Century Link was raised and donated by their employees.

5:25 p.m.

Health Net of Arizona President Brett Morris presented a check for $16,000 to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

6:00 p.m.

Hyundai presents a $25,000 check to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

6:10 p.m.

$1 MILLION! KTAR's Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children's Hospital has gone over the $1M mark. An hour to go before the final tally.

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