Save the Date – March 30, 2019
A Storybook of Hope
Children Helping Children Fashion Show
The Phoenician – A Luxury Collection Resort
6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception
Luncheon & Fashion show to immediately follow
Thank you for your support of the 2018 Event and making it such a success!
We look forward to seeing you at the Event in 2019!
In gratitude, The Women of PANDA
Children’s Cancer Inflammation Project
2019 Event Chairs
Jackie Ceran, Angela Isacksen, Jordan Ragland, Jennifer Thinnes
The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, affectionately known as PANDA, supports the advancement of medical knowledge to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases. The strong and unique partnership between the members of PANDA and the researchers and physicians at the Steele Center have made it possible for us to embody our name, People Acting Now Discover Answers.
Over the past 19 years, PANDA has raised more than $12 million for the Steele Center, whose mission is “to teach, to heal, to discover.” The Steele Center’s cutting-edge discoveries have propelled children’s medical research to a worldwide stage. The Steele Center has become a leader in pediatric research across the globe. PANDA is proud to have funded internationally recognized physician-scientists to investigate a range of pediatric illnesses including those involving cancer, autoimmune disorders, genetics, gastroenterology, and developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
This year, PANDA will focus our fundraising efforts on the Children’s Cancer Inflammation Project. More and more evidence suggests that the health of the gastrointestinal tract impacts the immune system interaction and the inflammatory state of cancer development and growth. This interaction begins early in life, and evidence suggests that changing the health of the gut may provide life-long protection against cancer. The Children’s Cancer Inflammation Project will investigate the gut health of children undergoing bone marrow transplants with the goal of adjusting their diets to improve their responses to treatment and prolong life. The study will be done in conjunction with whole genome sequencing, searching for answers and treatments for cancer-causing mutations. We also hope to reveal information about the role of diet and dietary factors in the transgenerational occurrence of cancer in children.