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Friends, family, firefighters to help EHT girl build bears for pediatric patients

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For Immediate Release:  August 30, 2013

Who:    11 year old Egg Harbor Township girl 

What:   To lead group in building teddy bears for donation to pediatric patients

When:   Saturday, August 31, 9 a.m. to noon

Where:  Build-A-Bear Workshop®, The Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330

Details: Eleven year old Shannon Raymond, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, can barely contain her excitement about building hope by building teddy bears for pediatric patients, according to her mother, Cheryl.  The two will be at Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Hamilton Mall – along with approximately 60 family, friends and firefighters – building 280 bears and other stuffed animals. Shannon will deliver the bears to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus and other locations the week of September 8 (Dates and times will be released for media prior to the visits.)

Shannon, who is being treated at Nemours for juvenile arthritis, decided she wanted to raise money to donate bears to Nemours after meeting a young patient who was being treated there for cancer, said her mother. “While they were talking, someone gave the child a teddy bear,” explained Cheryl Raymond. “Shannon saw how happy the gift made the child and told me she wanted to do something to make other kids happy.”

“Our goal was to raise enough money to build 125 bears for Nemours,” said the mother.

She said Shannon quickly went to those she knew would help – including her family of firefighters.  Her grandfather is the fire chief in Egg Harbor Township. Cheryl, Shannon’s father Mike Raymond, as well as Shannon’s aunt and uncle are all volunteer firefighters for the township. Shannon then addressed an Egg Harbor Township Fire Department meeting about her endeavor. “Many of the firefighters gave personal donations,” said Cheryl, a member of the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department in the township since she was 16. “As more people heard, organizations donated. Some of Shannon’s doctors also donated. In addition to helping her financially, many supporters plan to help her build the bears.”

“Since Shannon surpassed her fundraising goal, we decided to donate bears to other hospitals, including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, which partners with Nemours to provide pediatric care to kids here in South Jersey,” said Cheryl.

“Shannon wanted to do this to help other children,” said Cheryl. “But the support and encouragement she has gotten through this experience has also helped her cope with having juvenile arthritis.  She went from being an active, sports-oriented kid to sometimes barely being able to move because of the pain she was in. The joy and excitement about the bears are good for her.”

“We’re so grateful for the care Dr. Carlos Rose and the Rheumatology Team have provided her and our family as she manages her disease, and pleased we can give something to other Nemours patients,” said Cheryl, adding Shannon is already thinking about what she can do next year.

Cheryl said Build-A-Bear Workshop® is opening its store early to accommodate the group build, and is giving Shannon a discount – which helped her to surpass her goal.

About AtlantiCare
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,461 employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.

About Nemours
Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves.

 For more information, visit www.nemours.org


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