This past weekend, senior Sierra Langston from PRHS and foreign exchange student Soomin Lee took 52 teddy bears that they had personally sewn and stuffed to kids in the Levine Children’s Hospital. Langston put this event, called Teddy Bears for a Cure, together for the opportunity to bring some joy to children in some unfortunate situations.
When asked how she came up with the idea for Teddy Bears for a Cure, Langston said, “I’ve had my personal connection with cancer through my dad. This past summer, when my dad was diagnosed with leukemia and was in treatment, I knew I had to do something. I couldn’t imagine little kids going through something so intense. That’s when I thought of sewing teddy bears.”
In just three weeks, Langston had sewn about 42, out of 50 bears, herself. On Saturday, Dec. 15th, Langston and Lee took all of the teddy bears to the hospital.
“Seeing the kids faces light up was amazing,” Langston said about the experience. “Although the entire event was amazing, my favorite memory was hearing one of the nurses say she hasn’t seen many of these kids smile like that in weeks.”
They gave every child that had cancer and all the children on the rehab floor a bear.
“Just seeing their smiles and knowing that I brought some joy into their lives was very heartwarming,” Langston concluded.