“Agility and adapting to change were important in 2020,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and director of development for the Phoenix Hospital Foundation. “But we are grateful that one thing remains the same: the love, care and continued support of our partners at Desert Financial. In a year like no other, they have continued to fight for our children to give them everything they deserve.
In 2020, 1 Darn Cool School served 4,800 patients and families. With nine certified Masters-level teachers on staff, the team works with local school districts to help students keep pace with academics as they heal. Homework, teachers often say, is synonymous with hope and gives them a sense of normalcy.
In 2020, in addition to uninterrupted services as teachers continued to work with patients, 1 Darn Cool School accomplished the following:
Bedside teaching of critically ill patients and long hospital stays Guided patients through school enrollment, college exploration, disability services, GED and research on careers Development of re-entry videos in schools and 504 plans
Victor Quijano, a grateful Phoenix Children’s patient, said, “Thank you Desert Financial for everything you do to support patients like me and for everything you do for this 1 Darn School. School helped me achieve my first year to the fullest and beyond.
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