the Arizona Elks Major Projects began their incredible commitment to the work of the Steele Children’s Research Center. Raising between $200,000 and $300,000 each year, the Elks have made a significant difference in children’s health–raising more than $6.3 million for the Steele Center. In 2012, the Arizona Elks made a commitment to raise $2.5 million over the next 10 years. $1 million will support basic science research in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. In addition, funds will support translating this basic science through research studies at the Steele Center in Phoenix. The remaining $1.5 million established the Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Statewide Pediatric Research. The prestige of the endowed chair will enable the Steele Center to recruit a top-notch clinical research leader to head the Steele Center’s Phoenix enterprise.On the sixth floor of the Steele Center research tower, three laboratories were underwritten by the Arizona Elks, and a charter wall lists the specific lodges and individuals who participated in that effort. Additionally, thousands of books, toys, beanies and blankets have been distributed in the hope that no child leaves the Elks Pediatric Clinic empty handed.
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One of the first projects the Elks undertook was supporting the building of two research labs on the sixth floor of the Steele Center. Work in these labs has made organ transplants in children a viable option today.
Core support funds were used for needed facilities improvements throughout the Steele Center. Funds helped repair existing equipment and purchase new equipment, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines-used in DNA cloning for sequencing and DNA-based phylogeny and in 2016 a Confocal Microscope was added to the arsenal.
Marvin Lewis was a past Grand Exalted Ruler and was passionate about education and helping children. Funds were used to renovate the pediatric residency offices and create a conference room within the residency office. Upon completion of the offices, the space was named the “Marvin Lewis Pediatric Teaching Center.” In 2017, more than 1000 residents applied for 16 openings at this prestigious center.
In 2003, the Arizona Elks committed to creating the “Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Neonatology Research.” An endowed chair generates income that lasts forever. Every year, a portion of the interest is available to the Chair to support his research and provide seed funding to promising young investigators interested in neonatal research.
In 2017 this chair created a leadership position to focus on children’s health throughout Arizona. In the Maricopa County, the State’s population center, Elks sponsored the Phoenix Translational Research Facility.
Following the up on amazing research being done with the Confocal Microscope Arizona Elks purchased for the Steele Center in 2016, this endowment provides the best equipment available for the researchers at the Center. “Research is moving at a pace not seen before,” said Steele Center Director Dr. Fayez Ghishan “To keep pace the Elks are providing the latest scientific equipment.”
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When you choose to donate with the Elks you're choosing to help children find the best days they have ever experienced. With The Arizona Elks Major Projects, no child goes empty handed.
Statewide Pediatric Research Chair
Neonatal Reserach Chair
WHO WE'RE FIGHTING FOR
These are some of the young lives we have been able to change through the research and care of the Steele Research Center. These children remind us why we can never, ever, stop.
Leanne Farr of Mesa (Jacob’s mom) thought her 2-year old had chronic allergies. What he had was a rare and aggressive form of cancer – acute non-lymphocytic leukemia (ANL) – and only a 25 percent chance of surviving…
Nothing in Amanda’s 10 years led her parents or her pediatrician to believe that she would develop juvenile diabetes, the most common chronic disease of childhood. But two years ago they got the news that changed their lives…
Courtney Zillman was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was 9 months old. Cancer became a way of life to her and her family. She once was overheard telling a neighborhood friend, “I can’t come and play today, I have cancer.”…
Little Kayla was born with a hole in her heart and needed open-heart surgery when she was 3 months old. Her condition, called endocardial cushion defect, occurs in half of all babies born with Down syndrome…