Foundation News

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Cyclists focus on El Tour de Tucson's 37th running



When Austin Thacker was just 14, he was diagnosed with stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His chances of survival were less than 50 percent, but he chose to fight. So did his family and the doctors at Diamond Children's Medical Center in Tucson. Now a sophomore at Grand Canyon University, Austin is a strong advocate for pediatric cancer. Having completed a cross-country charity bike ride from Baltimore to Seattle in August, Austin's next ride is the Banner – University Medicine El Tour de Tucson on November 23, three days after his 21st birthday.  

Whether you're a cyclist or not, you can support the cause!

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Eight new members join Foundation board of directors



The Banner Health Foundation has welcomed eight new members to its Board of Directors:

Tony Astorga
Shiva Birdi, MD
Scott Douglas
Adam Goodman
Steve Hilton
Todd Hurst, MD
Gretchen Kinsella
Connor Tryhus

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The Pulse of the City Soiree was a smashing success!



The Pulse of the City Soiree is Banner Health’s signature fundraising gala. Guests at the 2019 event enjoyed a spectacular auction, front-row access to a live concert, networking, and superb dining—all in the spirit of supporting mental health care for Arizona youth.

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Cancer survivor becomes champion for research



This October, Bashas’ Family of Stores has partnered with Banner Health Foundation and Traci Beagley  to support breast cancer research. Bashas’ customers can purchase icons in increments of $1 and $5 to hang in their neighborhood stores, or a case of pink ribbon water bottles. A portion of the proceeds will support the life changing work of doctors like Traci’s physician, Dr. Lida Mina, and the care and recovery of patients like Traci.

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October is National Estate Planning Awareness Month



Many people overlook the importance of having a will or estate plan as part of their overall financial wellness. Having a will means that you, rather than your state’s laws, decide what happens to your property and children upon your passing. A comprehensive estate plan contains a power of attorney, an advance directive, and, if you so choose, trusts for children and grandchildren, and gifts for favorite charities. Work with a qualified advisor or attorney to develop your will, trust or estate plan. 

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$5 million gift from Fulton Family Foundation supports prevention, treatment and research of childhood obesity



The Fulton Family Foundation has made a $5 million gift to the Banner Health Foundation to establish the Dr. Robin Blackstone Childhood Obesity Center of Excellence at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. The Fulton Family Foundation is chaired by longtime Valley homebuilder and philanthropist Ira A. Fulton.

This gift establishes Arizona’s first center of excellence dedicated specifically to pediatric obesity and metabolic disorders—a passion of Mr. Fulton’s based on his own experiences as a patient of Dr. Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS, FASMBS, and the experiences of several of his family members.

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Two win-win ways to donate



The main difference between a charitable remainder trust and a charitable lead trust is when we receive your gift. With a remainder trust, we receive the remainder after your lifetime or a term of years. With a lead trust, we receive our gift first, with the remainder going to your chosen heirs upon your passing.



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Passport to Music connects music and memory


Passport to Music with BAI and MIM

Passport to Music is a life enrichment program by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in partnership with the Musical Instrument Museum.

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