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4th Annual Feeding Tube Awareness Event

February 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Community Connections: JMCC Hosts 4th Annual Feeding Tube Awareness Event

Did you know that some individuals cannot get all the nutrition they need from eating and drinking, and require the help of a feeding tube to thrive? Did you know that with the right information and support, parents and caregivers can learn how to use a feeding tube safely at home? Did you know that individuals with feeding tubes can play, run, swim, participate in sports and travel?

It’s Feeding Tube Awareness Week and the John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) is hosting a meet-and-greet event on February 6th for children and adults living with feeding tubes and their families. We are also welcoming support workers and professionals to attend and share their knowledge and experiences around enteral feeding.

Four years ago, a dedicated JMCC grandma, Wendy Harling came up with the idea for an event like this. “After learning of my grandson Jacob’s needs surrounding feeding and nutrition, I found that there wasn’t much of a local support system to answer my many questions or provide guidance on important decisions that had to be made for his survival,” says Harling. However, one place where she always felt supported was JMCC. Therefore, Harling approached her grandson’s team at JMCC about a feeding tube awareness event. What started four years ago with a bulletin board and information sharing in the Centre’s waiting room, has grown into an annual community event, with this year’s event expected to be the biggest one yet. Following a virtual presentation from a Nurse Practitioner from London Health Sciences Centre who specializes in enteral feeding, attendees will have the opportunity to meet one another, share information, learn about vendors and community resources, and so much more!

The goal of this event and feeding tube awareness week is to share knowledge and experiences, highlighting the fact that individuals living with feeding tubes can thrive and achieve their full potential.

The John McGivney Children’s Centre (JMCC) provides rehabilitation and support services to children and youth living in Windsor and Essex County. As the only publicly funded source of specialized paediatric rehabilitation expertise in the region, we support close to 3,000 children and youth annually with physical, neurological and developmental needs. In addition to providing the core rehabilitation services of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy, JMCC provides social work, behavioural consultation, therapeutic recreation and resource navigation services to families and offers a wide range of specialty clinics on-site. Depending on the need, services are offered in our Centre and in our JMCC School, as well as in the community, in schools, in family homes and in child care centres.

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February 6
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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John McGivney Children’s Centre
3945 Matchette Rd
Windsor, Ontario N9C 4C2 Canada
(519) 252-7281

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