Ohio girl gives kids teddy bears to hide I.V. bags
Hospitals can be scary, lonely places for sick kids. That's something 7-year-old Alex Walker knows all too well.
That's why she is on a mission to help other kids feel better - with the help of teddy bears. Feeling good is the goal of these special deliveries.
"It's good to make them feel good," Alex says. "Because they just seem lonely and sad."
At just seven-year-old, she is providing comfort inside the Cleveland clinic's children's hospital. She's been making the rounds with "Alex's Fluffy Buddies" for the past four years.
"We love watching Alex bring happiness to a kid that's in a situation they don't want to be in. They're not happy, they might be scared like she was," Alex’s mom Melissa Walker said.
Alex was diagnosed at 11 months with epilepsy. She spent days in the hospital unable to leave her room. Her doctor, Ajay Gupta, says epilepsy disproportionally affects children.
"Alex is incredibly lucky. She is not only doing great things but helping other children," he said.
Experiencing 100 seizures a day, Alex managed to create this project now delivering joy.
"I was in the hospital and I saw some kids without stuffed animals and I wanted to give them some of mine, but my mom said no, they have to be new. I used my Chuck-E-Cheese money and I buy bears," she said.
Since then she has raised $17,000 on GoFundMe and was named a kid hero. But, if you ask Alex, this is just the start of a very big dream – to have 100,000 “Alex’s Fluffy Buddies.”
Alex’s mom says they hope to one day turn Alex’s Fluffy Buddies into a nonprofit and continue to share joy in children’s hospitals.