Popular PCH holiday cards go to print

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PHOENIX -- Summer isn't even over yet, but it's time to start planning for the holidays, especially if you want to get your hands on some special cards that have become a Valley tradition.

Every year, kids undergoing treatment for cancer or blood disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital get their art on and design some incredible cards for the Holiday Art Project. It's one of the biggest fundraisers for the PCH Center for Caner and Blood Disorders and the cards, which feature original artwork by these young patients, are always a hit.

3TV's Gibby Parra was on hand as the 2012 cards were unveiled and printing got under way.

"I'm just so grateful they gave me the chance to give back so we can help raise money for the hospital," said Rosie Garcia, one of the artists whose design will be featured this year.

About 200,000 cards will be printed this year. They'll be available online at PCHKidsArt.com, as well as at Safeway stores throughout the Valley in November. The cards run $10 for a pack of 15, usually three each of five designs.

The Holiday Art Project goes back 20 years.

"It gives and gives and gives," said Cathy Sherwin of Phoenix Children's Hospital. "the kids give to us, you give back to the hospital by the purchase and the people receiving get the joy out the receipt of the card."

In addition to the massively popular holiday cards, which generally sell out quickly, there also is a series of all-occasion cards.

For more information, contact Cathy Sherwin at csherwin@phoenixchildrens.com or 602-933-2659.