Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients give Infusionsoft two thumbs up
Fist pumps, huge smiles and thumbs up were a plenty at Infusionsoft’s Pro Bowl event where patients from Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) interacted with former NFL players, an astronaut and received a trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Infusionsoft, creator of the leading sales and marketing software for small businesses, didn’t hold back on this community event. The company hosted over 2,000 people including families from PCH, Arizona small business owners and Infusionsoft employees at their campus where DJs, local food trucks, 20 former NFL players, and more, kicked off the tailgate and pumped up the energy for the 2015 Pro Bowl. One of the PCH kids commented that it was really cool playing football inside a software company.
Chief Marketing Officer Greg Head said, “At Infusionsoft we are all about small business owners and their dreams, and kids are the biggest dreamers no matter what. We’re really about helping the Phoenix community and the future dreamers that are going to do great things. The PCH patients are our All-Stars.”
Pediatric patients who attended the event are facing life-threatening illness and conditions from cancer to heart transplants.
Marketing director Tim Harrison, Director of Cause Related Marketing Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said, “We have patients [out here today] who are in remission from cancer-and being able to come out here is wonderful. It’s a big deal for the kids and their families. We’re thrilled Infusionsoft called us to give the kids a VIP, once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Paxton, five-year-old, diagnosed with 22q Deletion Syndrome and nonverbal, was able to give two thumbs up about the experience and show off all the NFL signatures on his football.
Aiden, 11, a heart transplant patient, said he’s looking forward to seeing his favorite players at his first Pro Bowl.
Among the former NFL players, ASU star and two-time Super Bowl champion Grey Ruegamer and former Dallas Cowboys Darryl Clack, known as “Mr. Click,” said they were excited to be a part of the event.
“This event gives the kids opportunity to meet former professional players– something they don’t get a chance to do on a regular bases -and gives us a chance to wish them well and make sure everything is going well [through their treatment,” said Clack.
“This is a great event to get the community rallying around PCH and Arizona small businesses – Infusionsoft is doing great things here in Arizona,” said Ruegamer.
It was easy to feel like a kid again when talking about space with Astronaut William Gregory, a pilot on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Gregory said the most common question from the kids was to tell them the most exciting moment in his career, “My answer was simple…3,2,1, lift off!”