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Bears Bring Comfort
Tubie Friends™ was started by a group of families who have had experience with tube feeding. Volunteer “Tubie Friends surgeons” adapt stuffed animals to have feeding tubes (and maybe other devices, such as a trach), and then give the stuffed animals to children who have or are getting tubes.
Tubie Friends co-founders Cheryl and Shannon write, “Having a Tubie Friend that ‘looks just like me’ helps normalize tube feeding for children through play therapy and provides comfort during procedures, surgeries, and hospital stays. Tubie Friends also help spread awareness, acceptance, and are a relatable teaching tool for siblings, caretakers, family, teachers, and classmates.”
The stuffed animals, feeding tubes, and medical supplies are all donated to the group. As a fund raiser, special (also adapted) stuffed animals are available for purchase. For more details or to donate unwanted supplies, go to www.tubiefriends.com
or e-mail them at email@example.com.
LifelineLetter, May/June 2012