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Project Teddy brings smiles to pediatric cancer patients

Beth Fisher

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Project Teddy brings smiles to pediatric cancer patients

CREATED Oct. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Inside Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, you'll find medicine, needles, and weary kids getting cancer treatments.  

But you'll also find clothes, accessories, and bears needing homes. Cabrina Gomez has been getting treatments nearly her entire life. "I think this is the one day cancer gets to have me. This is the one day my disease makes me sit down. And it feels so good to come to a place with people who love you and support you."

Dr. Susie Monahan founded Project Teddy during her reign as Mrs. Nevada. She'd buy teddy bears and take them to kids in the hospital battling cancer. "We bring our little green wagon. They put a heart and a message inside. Sometimes the parents record a message. And it helps them stop thinking about cancer for a little while."

Jaylyn stepped away from his treatments to make a bear for his baby sister. "It makes me feel good to make something for someone. It makes them feel good to get something hand made. I'm thankful."

Through the years, Project Teddy has blessed more than 150 kids. Kids who for a few minutes anyway, aren't thinking cancer. They're focused on their new friend. Susie says, "The kids love it. And for me, that's a nice feeling."

You may have noticed Project Teddy uses Build a Bear products. But you should know that company does not sponsor project teddy. The non profit relies completely on personal donations and fundraising events to make this possible.

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