Twelfth Annual ‘Children Helping Children’ Fashion Show and Luncheon to Support ‘PANDA Healthy Babies Project’ at UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 10:30am
The twelfth annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheonwill be held on Saturday, April 16, 10:30 a.m., at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.
 
This year’s honorees are former Diamondbacks player Luis Gonzalez and his wife Christine--parents of triplets and strong supporters of children’s causes.
 
Event proceeds will support the PANDA Healthy Babies Project at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. Every year, more than half a million babies in the U.S are born prematurely. Premature birth is the leading cause of illness and accounts for more than two thirds of all infant deaths.
 
Premature babies face many challenges. Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)—a painful inflammatory gastrointestinal disorder afflicts approximately 9,000 premature infants annually, and is the most common GI ailment of premature babies. Approximately 20 percent to 40 percent do not survive this devastating disease.
 
Proceeds from the event will support the Steele Center’s neonatology researchers to:
 
·     Better understand why some premature infants get NEC
·     Discover ways to prevent NEC in premature babies
·     Find ways to predict NEC before it becomes a medical emergency
·     Support the training of new researchers interested in neonatology
 
The “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show is sponsored by the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center. The mission of the Board is to support discovery processes that lead to improved treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases. Due to their dedication to discovering answers through medical research, the Board has created the acronym PANDA – People Acting Now Discover Answers.
 
This year’s fashion show will feature 65 “children helping children” from across the Valley dressed in spring fashions provided by Garage and Urban Kidz.
 
In addition to the fashion show, the event will feature a silent auction, raffle and luncheon. This year’s raffle features a custom playhouse from Playwirx. The one-of-a-kind creation will be on display at the event.
 
“We are honored to chair this year’s event and generate awareness and funds for the Steele Center,” said Paradise Valley resident Meghan Fable and Scottsdale resident Dana Gapusan, the 2011 PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show Chairpersons. “Supporting the Steele Center and funding the development of this one–of-a-kind program is a privilege.”
 
For more information about the event, please email Mariana Vazquez at vazquez@peds.arizona.edu.