"The Infant Toddler Feeding Program is the only one of its kind in Arizona that helps families address complex feeding issues," said Ginger Ward, CEO, Easter Seals Southwest Human Development. "The generosity of Thunderbirds Charities and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust allows us to serve local children through individualized care plans and coordinated teams of child development experts."
Research shows nearly one-third of all children with a developmental disability will experience significant feeding problems that interfere with nutrition, social integration and medical well-being. With services ranging from assessment, consultation, and ongoing intervention therapies to case coordination, the Infant Toddler Feeding Program helps children overcome issues like severe reflux, problems with chewing and swallowing, and dependence on a tube-feeding for nourishment.
"Thunderbirds Charities actively seeks opportunities to fund organizations that improve the quality of life for families in our community," said John Felix, Big Chief, Thunderbirds Charities. "The feeding program is an excellent example of serving families by bringing the right experts together to treat the whole child."
The Infant Toddler Feeding Program brings together developmental pediatricians, occupational and speech therapists, psychologists, and specialists in infant mental health and pediatric nutrition, depending on each child's situation. This case coordination becomes critical with so many experts coming in and out of the child's life. In addition, support and resources are provided to the whole family, as many parents are looking for answers surrounding their child's overall development.
"In today''s economic climate, it''s more important than ever to support organizations that make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their families," said Jennifer Veilleux, Senior Director of Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "CVS Caremark and nearly 4,000 colleagues in Arizona are committed to help insure that children with disabilities have the support they need to learn, play and succeed in life. We are particularly proud of the support we are able to provide to Easter Seals Southwest Human Development as they develop solutions for families caring for children with unique and special needs."
About Thunderbirds Charities
In 1986 Thunderbirds Charities, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation was established for the purpose of distributing money to charitable causes. Funds are raised through the FBR Open and direct gifts to Thunderbirds Charities. The tremendous support of the community allows the organization to achieve their charitable goals. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in surrounding communities. Charitable giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona.
About CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS). CVS Caremark is the nation's premier integrated pharmacy services provider, combining one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical services companies with the country's largest pharmacy chain. The Trust''s mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in communities where CVS/pharmacy stores are located. General information about CVS/Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company''s Web site at http://investor.cvs.com/, or through the Web site''s press room at www.cvs.com/pressroom.
About Easter Seals Southwest Human Development
Founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization, Southwest Human Development provides comprehensive services for young children and their families in several areas: disabilities, child health and welfare, Head Start and professional training. Now serving 80,000 children and families each year, Southwest Human Development is the state''s largest community-based organization of its type. In 2007, Southwest Human Development became the official Phoenix-area affiliate of Easter Seals. Easter Seals Southwest Human Development provides services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families. For more information, visit www.phoenix.easterseals.com.