BIG Outside/Media Advisory
Outdoor play space, healing garden to bring comfort for patients

Corey Schubert: (321) 501-2850.

Cardon Children’s groundbreaking for

‘The BIG Outside’ Sept. 7

Outdoor play space, healing garden to bring comfort for patients  

WHAT:             Groundbreaking event for “The BIG Outside,” an outdoor play space and healing garden for patients and families at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

WHEN:             9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7

WHERE:           Cardon Children’s Medical Center, 1400 S. Dobson Road, Mesa

                        The BIG Outside is located north of the main entrance of Cardon Children’s. However, please meet in Cardon Children’s lobby and you will be escorted to the groundbreaking site. Note: There are two medical facilities on this campus. Cardon Children’s is the reddish-colored hospital, to the right as you pull into the medical campus from Dobson Road.

VISUALS:         • Ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Laura Robertson, CEO of Banner Desert and Cardon Children’s Medical Center; Dr. David Moromisato, Chief Medical Officer for Cardon Children’s Medical Center; Cardon Children’s Medical Center employees; and current and former patients and their families.

                        • Current and former patients and their families, who helped raise funds for the project.

Interview opportunities with current and former patients, and representatives from the Banner Health Foundation and Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

NOTE:              This event is not open to the public.

MORE:             For so many Valley children undergoing medical treatment for various health issues, it’s easy to get restless during hospitalizations. That’s why a group of parents and young patients (ages 3 to 18) across Maricopa County worked together with Banner Children’s staff and the Banner Health Foundation to raise nearly $520,000 for The BIG Outside.   

The outdoor area will offer plenty of activities and features to help kids keep their minds off treatment, such as mini golf, basketball courts, an amphitheater for kids’ programs, and zen gardens. The BIG Outside is expected to open in December.

CONTACT:       Corey Schubert, Banner Health, (321) 501-2850.