by Tonya Boyd
Not long ago, a mom wanted to show the world that her little girl was just like everyone else with a few added accessories. This led to the creation of Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week. This annual event is now known as a viral campaign to spread awareness of trach patients, their families, and their caregivers across the world. The 4th annual awareness week is May 17-23, 2015.
We want everyone to know that we are just like everyone else, working, going to school, playing sports, and living life to the fullest, with the added accessory of the trach! Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week is hosted by Moms of Trach Babies and we invite you to join us for the fun, education, stories, and giveaways at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTracheostomyTubeAwareness.
What is a trach or tracheostomy tube?
A trach or tracheostomy tube is a small tube inserted into a hole into the trachea in the neck. This tube allows the person to breath without using or bypassing their mouth and nose. Some conditions that may require a trach include neuromuscular diseases, malformations of the airway or face, vocal cord paralysis, aspiration, disorders of respiratory control, obstructive sleep apnea, a variety of chronic lung diseases, tracheomalacia, tumors, and many other conditions.
Some children, youth, and adults may need a trach temporarily, while others may need one for a lifetime. Some also need additional support with the trach, such as oxygen or ventilator support, to assist in breathing.
What will Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week include?
Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week is a viral campaign hosted virtually by Moms of Trach Babies on the Facebook page dedicated to raising awareness, Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness, beginning May 17, 2015 and ending May 23, 2015.
Each day will feature tracheostomy related resources and information, educational materials, personal stories and blogs, awareness facts, fun facts, products and services related to trachs, daily giveaways, and a newly added memorial balloon launch.
Each day will have a theme, as listed below:
- Sunday, 5/17/15 – Launch Party
- Monday, 5/18/15 – Educational Day
- Tuesday, 5/19/15 – Fun Facts Day
- Wednesday. 5/20/15 – Meet Our Sponsors
- Thursday, 5/21/15 – Personal Story/Parent Blogs
- Friday, 5/22/15 – Moms of Trach Babies Mega Give
- Saturday, 5/23/15 – Wrap Up and Thanks
Global Tracheostomy Tube Awareness Week will also feature an awareness video, products for trachs, and Trach Week gear!! Join us for fun, awareness, stories, and giveaways!!