The BIG Outside at Cardon Children's Medical Center


The BIG Outside play space for patients, families
opens at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

The BIG Outside
The BIG Outside makes room outdoors
for kids. And families. And friends. 

See the photo gallery from the celebration
that marked the facility's opening. 

Thanks to nearly $520,000 raised through the Banner Health Foundation in partnership with donors, board members, community leaders, physicians, patients and families, The BIG Outside is now open at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. This brand new outdoor play space and healing garden for patients and families is designed to offer activities to help children keep their minds off treatment or receive rehabilitation therapy outdoors. Features include mini golf, a basketball court, an amphitheater for kids’ programs, and a bereavement garden. Also included is The Little Library, where books and magazines for children of all ages are available to borrow or keep.

Former patient Austin Overton, age 8, of Gilbert said the play space is exciting for kids like himself. “When I heard the term ‘mini golf,’ I was like, ‘Oh, snap! This is going to be good,” Austin said.  

Young patients can receive rehabilitation therapy or simply enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, and parents can reflect and recharge in the healing garden. Siblings have an upbeat place to spend time with their brothers and sisters, who are hospitalized or receiving treatment.

Special thanks to Keith Galbut, Banner Health Foundation Board member, for serving as chairman of The BIG Outside fundraising committee. Thank you to committee members Drew Aquilina, Julie Bezzant, Chip Carmer, Charity Carr, Lee O’Connell, Logan Scow, Bill Smith and Rachel Turley.

Thank you to all of our donors who gave in support of The BIG Outside, including the Help Fill the Toy Closet Foundation, Fiesta Bowl Charities, McCarthy Building Companies, HKS Inc. and architect Deeann Griebel of Moors & Cabot, Site Design Landscape Architecture, Tenshon Shade Structures, Chip Carmer and First American Title, Executive Council Charities, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Ak-Chin Indian Community, DPR Construction, Ace Asphalt of Arizona, Accu-Tech, Apache Concrete Cutting, Apache Pipelines, Arizona Professional Painting, Dave Bang, DH Pace, Diversified Interiors, DLN Landscaping, IES, JFK Electric, KT Fabrication, Lemme Engineering, MF Concrete Contractors, PuttTek, and Schuff Steel, as well as those donors who chose to remain anonymous.

The Little Library
Kids and adults can borrow or
keep books and magazines from
The Little Library in The BIG Outside.


Support The Little Library.
Drop off new books for The Little Library in the Cardon Children’s Medical Center lobby, 1400 S. Dobson Road.

Give now.
Ongoing support is needed to maintain and enhance The BIG Outside for years to come. If you'd like to help, use the button below to give online.