Bolingbrook – Hospitals are never a fun place for a child, but at the holidays, being a patient can be especially tough. Thanks to a local organization, children at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital are receiving a special holiday gift.
The Egypt Cancer Network, a U.S. based non-profit that helps further cancer education, research and care, as well as medical infrastructure in Egypt along with National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA), is donating teddy bears to the hospital, just in time for Christmas. The organization has set up collection points around the community and is accepting new teddy bears to donate to the hospitals.
“We hope these teddy bears can help reduce stress, anxiety and boredom and help children recover faster,” said Mary Alexander-Basta, Egypt Cancer Network Chicago Chapter President. “It’s part of our mission to provide support to organizations focused on cancer and patient care. We hope we make a child’s holiday a little brighter.”
The bears will be given to the pediatric and emergency departments within the hospital. “We appreciate this generous donation so much,” said Ronda Klocko of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “For an organization to donate something that will help children in all of our hospitals is very special. It truly epitomizes the meaning of Christmas.”