Pediatric patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital whose condition prevents them from leaving their room can now experience their own kind of Zone fun thanks to Zone to Go, a mobile cart that puts the Child Life Zone on wheels. Staff members can wheel the cart into individual rooms, bringing Zone activities including arts and crafts, video games, and even air hockey.
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda, launched Zone to Go with a donation from their First Things First Foundation.
“(It’s) a chance to maybe give the parents a little bit of a break, a chance to give the children the opportunity to play some of these games and have some fun and forget about some of the struggles that they’re having right now, and more importantly than anything, build a relationship,” Warner said.
Mrs. Warner's son Zachary, now 27, was hospitalized with a serious injury as an infant. Her experience at that time was part of the inspiration for Zone to Go. "When my son was injured at a very young age, being in the hospital and being alone, I felt hopeless,” she recalls. “I wanted someone to give me a little of their strength because I didn’t have any of mine left. I wanted someone to show up and say, ‘We care about you, too.’ That’s what we’re doing.”