Eli's bear backpack
Even as Eli gets older, his bears continue to be a vital part of his support crew. Now he's also the proud owner of Orlando Pirate and Christmas Bear, who join the entourage he takes to every hospital visit.
“Every time he goes to hospital, he packs a backpack with more teddies than clothes,” Rob laughs. “He’s eight years old and he still loves them.”
Outside of hospital, the bears remain constant companions, sleeping on the end of his bed every night. The teddies have even become a hit in the classroom. Despite his struggles, Eli is still determined to be like other kids and go to school, although he often has to come early due to pain caused by his tumour and treatment.
“They think he’s pretty cool,” Eli says of his classmates’ reactions to ‘Super Ted’.