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Bears Bring Comfort

 

Abby with Bear. Abby’s mom writes, “Abby doesn’t know any other children with the combination of a g-j tube, trach and port, so it helps her to have something so similar to her to play with. Bear goes everywhere with her, even outside to play.”

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 tubiefriends@gmail.com

LifelineLetter, May/June 2012

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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