Feeding Tube Awareness Week® 

The theme for 2014 is "Nothing Can Hold Us Back." It will highlight the resilience in overcoming challenges. Tube feeding doesn't have to stop you from living life. Nutritional support can make life possible. We will ask participants to share what they love to do and positive stories about how tube feeding works into their lives, not controls it. 

About Feeding Tube Awareness Week® 
In 2011, Feeding Tube Awareness launched the first annual Feeding Tube Awareness Week®. The mission of Awareness Week is to promote the positive benefits of feeding tubes as a life saving medical intervention. The week also serves to educate the broader public about the medical reasons that children are tube fed, the challenges that tube feeding families face and day-to-day life with a tube fed child. Feeding Tube Awareness Week connects tube feeding families. Seeing how many other families are going through similar things makes people feel less alone.  

The second week in February was selected because of it's proximity to Valentine's Day since we love our tubies.It can be challenging to have a lot of negativity surrounding the medical device that is keeping your child alive. This week, in particular, is an opportunity to embrace the positives and be thankful that it helps our children to live, grow and thrive. 

Each year, we encourage parents and caregivers to participate in the week by posting in social media, blogging, emailing or making videos about the different topics areas for the week. A number of parents have contacted local media and gotten their story heard. A number of parents, siblings and tube feeders gave presentations at their schools. (See the sidebar for more information)

Thousands have participated in Feeding Tube Awareness Week® and it continues to grow each year. In 2013, we reached more than 120,000 people with content just from the Feeding Tube Awareness Facebook page. Millions more were reached through TV, newspapers, online media, websites, blogs, facebook posts, tweets and outreach from companies and organizations.

More on the history and why awareness matters: 
Feeding Tube Awareness Week 
It Starts with Awareness 
Why Awareness of Tube Feeding Matters 
Raising Awareness of Tube Feeding and Rare Conditions 

Industry Supporters and Participants 
We welcome increased participation among companies, organizations/associations, hospitals and small businesses. We all work together to support the enteral feeding community. 

Here are some suggested activities to help support Feeding Tube Awareness Week: 

For larger companies, organizations, associations and hospitals: 

For small parent owned/tube feeder owned businesses: 

Thank You to Our Ongoing Supporters/Participants: 
Halyard (Formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care) and their My MIC-KEY Facebook page have been there since the beginning of Feeding Tube Awareness Week. 

In 2012, The Oley Foundation became a partner organization for the week.

Others participating in and supporting Awareness Week include:
Abbott Nutrition
Nestle Health Science
Coram Specialty Infusion Services
Byram Healthcare
Shield HealthCare 
Thrive Rx 
Applied Medical Technology
Neocate/Neocate Food Allergy Living 
Option 1 Nutrition
Home Solutions Infusion Therapy
Pediatric Home Service 
Real Food Blends

G-PACT(Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments)
APFED (American Partnership For Eosinophilic Disorders) 
ASPEN (American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition)
National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders 
The FPIES Foundation 
Global Genes Project 
International Association for Protein Induced Entercolitis
Feeding Matters 
Complex Child e-Magazine
Mommies of Miracles
Tubie Friends 
Blenderized Food for Tubies 
Jonah & The Whale Foundation 
Global Hydranencephaly Foundation

See Activities for Prior Feeding Tube Awareness Weeks: 
Awareness Week 2011
Awareness Week 2012 
Awareness Week 2013​

Please see our Feeding Tube Awareness Week® Trademark and Usage Guidelines if you are going to be using our trademark in any materials not produced by Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation. 

Available for download: 
What You Can Do For Awareness Week:

Use the Daily Topics to Reinforce the Theme! 
The theme for this year is "Nothing Can Hold Us Back.” The suggested daily topics can be used a guide for social media sharing, blogs and more. 

Contact the Media: 
A number of parents have gotten local TV and print coverage featuring their tube-fed children for Feeding Tube Awareness Week. 

This media information sheet and press release will give you more  ways to contact the media and information to share. 

This guide offers a sample letter to the teacher/school and a presentation outline to inspire your customized presentation! 
Watch the video of a School Presentation
Give a School Presentation: 
Spread the Word: Tell Medical Professionals and Therapists! 
Use Social Media and Blogs:
Make an Awareness Video: 
We have approved profile pics and cover photos for awareness week. Share your story!  Use #feedingtubeawareness on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. Download images at the Feeding Tube Awareness facebook page 

This tutorial shares great tips for making your own awareness video that you can share with friends, family on social media and even with news media.