A Message from CURLY THE BEAR

Hi I’m CURLY THE BEAR. First I want to thank every person that bought one of my friends and donated him back to Eli’s foundation.  It’s because of you this was possible.  Let me tell you all a story.  One day 2 ½ months ago a nice lady by the name of Amy Marshall a friend of the Matthews as well as a Avon Independent Sales Rep/Recruiter approached a good guy by the name of Paul Matthews with this idea of seeing if people would want to buy me and my friends but donate us back to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, Inc.   Well Paul said let’s do it, and look out.  We were at the Nottingham Presbyterian Church, the Oxford Presbyterian Church and many other locations.  Well guess what?  The foundation in Eli’s memory was able to send 16 of my friends around the USA and 87 of us headed to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children on Friday November 23rd.  Paul, Austin, and Amy took us into the hospital and WOW!!!! They gave out 6 of my Bear buddies to some AMAZING children, and I overheard that guy Paul talking to child life and the rest of my buds are going to every child on the oncology floor and cardiac care.  Oh don’t any of you worry I will head out last so I see to it all of the children are loved, and let me tell ya my ARMY of CURLY BEARS love to HUG, Well got to go, next year Amy and Paul will be up to something else like this but not sure what furry friend it will be until then take care my friends Love CURLY!!!!
Paul, Austin and Amy, Thank you for your generosity with the donation of Curly the Bear for patients admitted to the hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant units at A.I. We appreciate your understanding our guidelines and policies about donors not going bedside to deliver directly to patients.  I wanted to let you know, I delivered 12 bears throughout the day today to patients that were able to have one.  There were nine girls ranging in age from 2 years old to 15 years old and three boys, ages 6, 16 and 18.  Even the teenagers accepted the bear with smiles!  I’m sure Eli is watching over you all and is proud of the legacy you are helping carry on in his name.  We will continue to deliver bears to patients admitted on the service as well as to patients that are on our cardiac unit as appropriate. Take care of yourselves, Cathy Cathy Akins, CCLSLevel III Child Life SpecialistNemours Center for Cancer and Blood DisordersNemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children1600 Rockland RoadWilmington, Delaware 19803
These are some wonderful children that we sent CURLY THE BEAR to around the USA

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