Event Raises Funds for Children’s Autoimmune Disorder Project
The 2014 PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) — also known as the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center — held its annual silent auction, fashion show and luncheon at the beautiful Phoenician Resort on Saturday, April 12, and Angel MedFlight was there in support of the their mission.
“Angel MedFlight is happy to promote the mission of PANDA and to help the Steele Center to expand in the Phoenix area,” said Flight Coordinator, Allison Rose, who attended the event.
Women around the community dedicate their time and energy to make sure the annual “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show is a success. Proceeds from the event go toward funding scientific research for childhood illnesses. The models are children who volunteer, knowing their participation is helping other kids.
Angel MedFlight Co-Medical Director, Dr. Anne M. Burns, had been attending the event for several years and was so impressed by the organization that she decided to become more involved as a PANDA board member in 2013.
“As a physician, I am passionate about medical research to improve patient care, and as a mother of two young boys, I am highly supportive of an event that has children helping other children. It’s a great organization of which I am very proud to be affiliated,” Dr. Burns commented.
In the last 15 years since its inception, PANDA has raised nearly half a million dollars for the Center. Organizers hope to help the growth of the Children’s Autoimmune Disorders Project and endowment. Through helping the scientists and doctors of the Tucson-based research center, funds from the PANDA event will impact research and improve care for all Arizona children.
Answers are desperately needed for families facing the challenges of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, juvenile arthritis, Crohn’s/colitis, severe food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis and celiac disease.
“One of the greatest health concerns for children today is the staggering increase in autoimmune diseases,” says Dr. Burns, “Autoimmune diseases result when our bodies’ “fighter” cells turn against our own healthy cells and destroy them.”
The Center’s pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists take care of thousands of sick children daily. Pediatric specialists such as cardiologists, geneticists and pulmonologists travel to rural areas of the state, including the Native American reservations, to bring specialized care to children in need.