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Inaugural Feed the Cause: An Arizona Signature Event to aid Feeding Matters

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Pediatric feeding disorder is often a silent battle affecting more than one in 37 American children under the age of 5 annually. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Feed the Cause is an evening in support of Pediatric Feeding Disorder
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The first annual Feed the Cause: an Arizona Signature Event supporting pediatric feeding disorder promises to be an evening of education, inspiration and connection.

Hosted on Nov. 9, at the Papago Golf Club and presented by Lerner and Rowe Gives Back and Shamrock Foods Foundation.

Pediatric feeding disorder is often a silent battle affecting more than one in 37 American children under the age of 5 annually, according to a press release.

This prevalence surpasses that of well-known childhood conditions like cerebral palsy and autism. PFD is defined as impaired oral intake that is not age-appropriate and is associated with medical, nutritional, feeding skills, and psychosocial dysfunction, the release states.

Families dealing with PFD face a multitude of obstacles, including limited access to evidence-based data, the intricate and frequently misinterpreted characteristics and nature of PFD, and the emotional strain of caring for a child who experiences difficulty eating.

Mealtimes become a laborious journey where each calorie and developmental milestone is a hard-fought victory.

Guests will be joined by honorary chairs Shannon and Bob Goldwater as the signature event offers a captivating evening featuring Real Stories: Hear heartwarming accounts from families and children with PFD.

All proceeds from the event will bolster the mission of Feeding Matters to improve the lives of children living with Pediatric Feeding Disorder and to make a difference in the lives of those all they serve.

“In creating the First Annual ‘Feed the Cause,’ we aspire to shine a light on Pediatric Feeding Disorder, a battle impacting countless lives,” said Jaclyn Pederson, CEO of Feeding Matters. “This event is not just a fundraiser; it is a platform for education, inspiration, and forging connections within our community. It is also an occasion for Arizonans to feel tremendous pride, as this locally founded nonprofit creates a positive difference in the lives of these children and their families worldwide, one PFD case at a time. Join us in-person on Nov. 9 for an unforgettable evening, as we embrace this meaningful cause.”

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