14th Annual PANDA "Children Helping Children" Fashion Show and Luncheon Raises $475,000 for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Jun 11, 2013
PANDA fashion show
The 14th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon held at the Phoenician in May in Scottsdale  raised approximately $475,000 for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center.
The event is organized annually by PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers)—the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Center. The mission of the board is to support discovery processes that lead to improved treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases.
The proceeds will fund the PANDA Children’s Autoimmune Disorders Project at the Steele Center, enabling the researchers to expand basic science research in autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease, to name a few.
“Prevalence and incidence of autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease are on the rise, and the mechanism underlying this increase is not well known,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the Steele Center, and an internationally-renowned expert in autoimmune diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract. “We suspect that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the cause of autoimmune diseases. With PANDA’s support, we hope to make new discoveries that will lead to the development of novel therapies for these perplexing disorders.”
“As president, it was an honor to work with the dedicated PANDA board members in creating our own ‘circus,’” said Emily Calihan, PANDA president. “Our event was a huge success with more than 900 guests and 64 young models that shined on the runway—all to support the Steele Center and the PANDA Autoimmune Disorders Project.” 
A slideshow of the event is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL4sf7pfgA&
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