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:
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.
Others participating in and supporting Awareness Week include:
Nestle Health Science
Coram Specialty Infusion Services
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
Complex Child e-Magazine
Mommies of Miracles
Blenderized Food for Tubies
Jonah & The Whale Foundation
Global Hydranencephaly Foundation
See Activities for Prior Feeding Tube Awareness Weeks:
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.