The Kids’ Cancer Project Bear Program has brought countless cuddles to children in hospital since 2009.
Tonnes of donated teds have provided comfort to sick kids when they’ve been lonely or worried about their treatment. But these bears care in more ways than one. Proceeds of all sales go towards childhood cancer research to help the 950 Australian kids diagnosed every year.
Seeing the bears on social media has prompted many families to comment and share their own stories – every single one of them has touched our hearts.
“Just in case you’ve never seen how incredible these bears really are... here is my three-year-old who had just been diagnosed with cancer - leukaemia. He received the first Fireman Bear when he went in for his first surgery and the doctor bear when he had his port inserted into his chest to receive chemotherapy."
"This was the worst week of our lives and even though my son barely touches these bears anymore I look at them with such gratitude and love because I remember the comfort and silent soft support they gave my baby when his world was being turned upside down and he was in a lot of pain."
"Thank you if you’ve ever donated a bear. They are worth more then you could ever ever know. Thank you x.” – Angie Mitchell
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“My son, Ivan was given his today from Clinic H at Perth Children’s Hospital. Thank you for the kind donation to the person out there. He absolutely loves ‘Sammy the Superhero’." - Robbie du Preez
“My son was gifted one on his stay in ICU. Thank you to whoever donated this. Such a special cause. ❤️ God bless you.” - Jessica Atiya
“My daughter received one of your bears before heading in for surgery. It certainly put the biggest smile on her little face.” - Abbie Tapsell
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“Hello, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for our beautiful Teddy (aka Ted). He has been everywhere with us over the last year and it was only fitting he was in this year’s Christmas photos 😂."
My littlest love received him from Northam Regional hospital here in WA. I hope this photo brings a smile to your face the way Ted brings a smile to Emmy’s. Thank you 🙏.” - Amanda Wilson
“Thank you for all that you do! Our sweet Ollie had his last chemo for his intense treatment block last week and ‘Chef Bear’, as he’s now been named, was waiting for him when we got there. With nearly three years of treatment to go, this was a mini milestone but one made very special by your beautiful bear who has been given so much love since he came home with us.” - Rachel Slinger