UA Steele Children’s Research Center Receives $10,000 Grant to Support the ‘PANDA Share a Hug’ Program

More than 1,000 stuffed panda bears will be given to pediatric patients treated by UA Steele Center physicians
The men’s Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Phoenix Women’s Board of the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. The Phoenix Women’s Board –  known as PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) – has raised funds for the Steele Center since 1999.
 
This grant will support the “PANDA Share a Hug” program, enabling PANDA to purchase more than 1,000 stuffed panda bears that will be given to pediatric patients treated by Steele Center physicians.
 
“Children love stuffed animals, and these pandas will make patients feel better and put a smile on their faces,” said Lori Stratton, director of development for the Steele Center. “We will begin with giving the stuffed pandas to patients at the PANDA Children’s Aerodigestive Disorders Center.”
 
 “We are so grateful to the men’s Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club for this very generous donation,” said Emily Calihan, president of PANDA.