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AZ foundation gives Phoenix Children's Hospital greatest gift

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Just in time for the holidays, Phoenix Children's Hospital gets its largest donation ever.

The $10 million will be "seed money" for something the Phoenix Children's Hospital said the Valley desperately needs.

"I remember falling asleep and waking up to my mom screaming and seeing headlights coming towards our car," former patient Chance Molzan said.

Just this past March, Chance, 13, was rushed to the Phoenix Children's Hospital with a crushed leg after a head-on collision on Interstate 17.

Chance says doctors at PCH saved her life, but those same doctors worry they may not have the space to save every life.

"We saw 76,000 children in space designed for 22,000 children per year. Clearly what was built 10 years ago is inadequate and honestly, it's unacceptable," Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Blake Bullock said.

Bullock said that's exactly why they are using the donation to build a new $40 million emergency department.

A spike in the Valley's population is shrinking the size of the current emergency room.

"What it will mean is that the access to top level pediatric trauma care for all children in the Valley is here," Phoenix Children's Hospital CEO Bob Meyer said.

The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation fronted $10 million toward the project, the largest donation Phoenix Children's Hospital has ever seen.

"With the help of the people in the community like the foundation, we can continue to serve every child that goes through our doors," Bullock said.

For Chance, it means more children like her will be given the chance for what she calls the best treatment in the state.

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