As I drove down the 51 freeway last weekend headed to the Phoenix Zoo with my girls, I was in awe of the new patient tower currently under construction at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. My team is a strong supporter of the Miracle Home program and we donate a portion of the commission from every home we sell to Children’s Miracle Network which goes directly to our local hospital. For every bank owned home we sell a donation is made in the new homeowner’s name. Even with the down turn of the market, we continue to donate. To date we have donated $11,400 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

In 2009, RE/MAX generated $7 million for Children’s Miracle Network Internationally. In the United States, giving remained extremely strong despite the challenges facing the real estate market. In Canada, RE/MAX continues to make a significant impact in raising funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network, donating over $3.5 million dollars.

The power of many to make a difference - the true secret behind the RE/MAX relationship with Children’s Miracle Network. The individual donations of thousands of Associates amount to millions of dollars each year for children’s hospitals. Since 1992, RE/MAX has raised more than $100 million in donations for Children’s Miracle Network. I am proud to say my team and the majority of the associates who work for RE/MAX Professionals have been a part of this outstanding contribution. Our office has collectively donated $34,150 to date in 2010.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to the state’s sickest kids. Though Phoenix Children’s is one of the ten largest freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, rapid population growth in Arizona means the hospital must grow as well.

There are more than 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals throughout North America. Each year these hospitals treat 17 million children for every disease and injury imaginable. Collectively they impact the lives of more children than any other children’s organization in North America.

It makes me sleep a little better at night knowing that my infant daughter, Mila, and my 2 year old grand baby, Hayden, both have the best-of-the-best in medical care right in my backyard. If you are interested in learning more about the hospital facilities and how you can get involved, please let me know and I will make arrangements for a personal tour. Unfortunately disease and illness do not take a back seat to the economic struggles.

On behalf of myself, my team, and the RE/MAX Professionals staff, we want to thank each of you who continue to make our contributions possible. We are blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference in our community!