Imagine being a child in hospital where you are only allowed so much freedom, where you might be in pain regularly, where you might not always have visitors because there isn’t always someone able to be by your side. Imagine the comfort that might come from having a friend who can always be there; even a stuffed one. Now imagine not having one. That was a problem that a 7-year-old Alex Walker was determined to help with.
Walker was diagnosed with epilepsy at 11 months old. Her mother, Melissa, said she spent many days at the hospital for testing and treatment for up to 100 seizures per day. Throughout her battle with epilepsy, Alex said her teddy bear, Sky Bear was by her side; and has been for as long as she can remember, which helped get her through long hospital treatments. It was also during this time that she noticed other kids didn’t have a stuffed friend and she created her project, Alex’s Fluffy Buddies, where she raises money to purchase stuffed animals for children who need comfort.
Since that time she has managed to pull together more than a few fluffy friends for children in hospital. In total she has raised more than $20,000 online and was recently named a GoFundMe Kid Hero. Feel free to read more about her in your Good News Story of the Day here. Follow her on her Facebook Page or support her GoFundMe.
Note: In the story it mentioned that Sky Bear went missing, an update on her Facebook Page showed that Sky Bear has been returned safe and sound after being found in a parking lot.
Story and Image from WJW-TV, Cleveland.