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BUZZ • PHILANTHROPY Continued from page 18 “This home was built for a purpose and that is to help people,” Sommer says. “So, there is a lot of love that went into this home and not just processes.” To keep costs down and maximize profit for PCH, the contractors worked at a discounted rate or for free. Some even donated materials, Sommer says. “I’m overwhelmed by the level of support from contractors donating roof trusses for $23,000 to landscapers, to installation people who give their time for free,” Stock says. PCH’s director of philanthropy, Dana Jirauch, calls the project “a beautiful story of extraordinary generosity.” The proceeds, she says, will fund the 1 Darn Cool School, which helps patients stay up on their schoolwork. “These kids are already struggling enough with their diagnoses, so being behind all of their peers can be really tough,” Jirauch says. “We help these kids get back into the classroom.” “Teachers are not paid through the PCH in any way, they are only supported through philanthropy,” Stock adds. “Without donations, it would be impossible to do what they do, which is important because, in Arizona, if you miss school for a couple of weeks, you could be bumped.” The remaining funds will go toward Barrow Neurological Institute, headed by Dr. David Adelson at PCH. Stock can relate to children suffering from serious medical issues. “My son had hydrocephalus and that’s one of the reasons why I sought out Dr. Adelson, who is the neurosurgeon at PCH, to discuss opportunities to support or research different brain diseases,” Stock says. Hydrocephalus is the buildup of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain. The excess fluid increases the size of the ventricles and puts pressure on the brain. Stock and Sommer are hoping to make about $500,000 from the sale, but Stock 20

The home’s interior features custom cabinetry and European oak wide plank wood flooring. The house features a technology package that includes built-in iPad controllers for pools, spa, lighting and the sounds system. (Photo courtesy Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation)

has a surprise for PCH once the home is sold. “I am hoping to clear $400,000 or so for the charity and then I am going to match it dollar for dollar from my own foundation,” Stock says.


The Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation will continue to support PCH and the community around them to promote philanthropy. “They have just gone the extra mile with this home,” Jirauch says. “Whoever ends up purchasing this home, it’s really a win-win. Not only are they getting the most extraordinary home, but they can feel wonderful knowing that some of these proceeds are coming to PCH.”

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