‘Magic Carpet Ride’ Gala Raises $125,000 for UA Steele Children’s Research Center and Diamond Children’s

The “Magic Carpet Ride” Gala held in February at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort raised approximately $125,000 for the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.

Approximately 500 people attended this fun-filled and meaningful evening, which was emceed by Amy Miller, wife of UA men’s basketball Coach Sean Miller.

One of the evening’s highlights was the uplifting music video featuring rock band American Authors, as well as patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, hospital administrators and staff. The video can be viewed online here

Another highlight of the evening was the stirring speech by 15-year-old patient, Austin Thacker, who is battling stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His speech received a standing ovation.

Funds raised from the gala will support autoimmune disorders research at the UA Steele Center, and clinical programs at Diamond Children’s.

“We are so grateful for everyone who participated in this truly magical evening to improve children’s health—through research at the Steele Center and clinical programs at Diamond Children’s,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, physician-in-chief of Diamond Children’s and director of the UA Steele Center.