Welcome to the 2021 Festival of Trees
Benefiting Primary Children’s Hospital
The Festival of Trees is a magical holiday tradition celebrating children’s health in our Utah community. We welcome you to experience four festive days dedicated to raising money for Primary Children’s Hospital from the comfort of your own home. Incredible volunteers from our community created and donated some of the most beautiful holiday decorations; extravagant trees, stunning wreaths, hand-crafted gingerbread houses, and so much more! All of which will be available via our Online Auction and Gift Boutique. Grab some hot cocoa and your best holiday sweater and explore our unique holiday gifts, or bring some holiday cheer to your home, all while supporting children in need.
About the Event
One-of-a-kind, designer-decorated trees available in our auction
Handcrafted gifts made with love by dedicated volunteers – including the famous Festival Fudge – available in our Gift Boutique
Incredible stories from Primary Children's patients whose lives were changed by your support
At Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, our goal is to provide the best care for more than one million children living in a 400,000 square-mile services area. One of those patients was Payson.
After months of random pains in his body, Payson visited the hospital for what his family thought would be kidney stone treatments. Unfortunately, just four days before his seventh birthday, Payson got the news that he had Leukemia.
Nearly two and a half years later, Payson was able to finish his cancer treatments. Primary Children’s philosophy of The Child First and Always guides every decision that our caretakers make in how patients and families can receive the best care possible.
“At barely seven months old, our sweet Parker suffered her first seizure. It started just like any other day as we ate breakfast and took her big sister to preschool. After coming home, I sat Parker down on the floor to play with her. A few minutes later she fell over and when I went to pick her up, I realized she was having a seizure. We called 911. When they asked which hospital, we wanted to take her to I said Primary Children’s Hospital. I knew that she would get the help she needed and the best treatment possible.” – Alexandra, Parker’s mother
The first seizure was unfortunately not Parker’s last. After several visits with her Neurology Team at Primary Children’s, caregivers determined that Parker had epilepsy. “While we feared the diagnosis and what her future would look like, we were confident in the doctors. We found a new medication that would better control her seizures, lived life as normally as possible, and checked in with our Neurology team monthly.”
“After two years of being on her anti-seizure medication, her Neurology Team decided to wean her from the medication. Parker has been seizure free for three years!
Now, Parker is six years old and living her best life. She is bright, confident, and quirky! Parker excels when it comes to school. Although she is still in preschool, she is already reading and writing at a first-grade level. Parker has a funny obsession with hedgehogs—which fits her personality perfectly.
“We were so excited to add a second child to our family and the possibility of a “normal” pregnancy after a scary one. However, things changed at our 20-week ultrasound when we were told something was wrong with our baby’s heart. A week later, our baby was officially diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or half a heart. Anxiety and fear instantly stepped in, but we knew we were in the best hands at Primary Children’s Hospital.” – Easton’s mother, Rachelle
As soon as Easton was born, he was transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital. Six days later, he had his first open heart surgery. The next two years were spent in and out of the hospital and included various life-saving surgeries and procedures. “Before he was born, doctors cautiously shared a statistic: “65% chance to live to age 5.” After receiving excellent care, we’re happy to say that he is doing extremely well at the age of five! If you were to meet him, you would never know he had a severe heart condition.” – Rachelle
Easton is one of the many children who will remain a patient at PCH into adulthood. He will be supported in the Single Ventricle Survivorship Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic designed to help patients achieve the good health necessary to enjoy life and to help manage any complications that arise related to single ventricle physiology.
Easton will eventually experience heart failure and will need a heart transplant. His family is determined to enjoy each day they have together and live life to the fullest. “We know things will change at some point, but for now we enjoy every little moment of his life. He loves jumping, running around, doing summersaults, playing with Legos, coloring, and so much more! Rarely do you find him without a smile on his face. He is full of energy and life – we love it! We are so grateful for the time we have with him. The amount of joy he has brought to our life despite the difficulties along the way are immeasurable.” – Rachelle
Children, like Easton, bring hope to thousands of families that have a child needing advanced cardiology care throughout the Intermountain West. Donors, like you, can make a difference for these children and families.