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Stuffed Bears for Leukemia

Leukemia survivor Katie Vacanti-Mitchell

Leukemia survivor Katie Vacanti-Mitchell

Leukemia survivor Katie Vacanti-Mitchell of Katie’s Helping Hand will deliver nearly 200 stuffed bears today at 1:30 p.m. to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  The gift was coordinated by LifeWay Christian Stores in Nashville, Tenn., and donated on behalf of Katie’s advocacy group for families, Katie’s Helping Hand, which has raised more than $100,000 to provide meals to parents at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Katie formed the Katie’s Helping Hand organization in 2004 after receiving life-saving treatment at Children’s Hospital.

What: Holiday Donation to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

When: Friday, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

2200 Children’s Way, Nashville, TN

The generous gift underscores the need for holiday donations at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  The hospital’s Volunteer Services department will be collecting holiday gifts until 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17.

Although donations are accepted year-round, gifts are especially important to families weathering unexpected hospital stays over the holidays, says Stephanie VanDyke, director of Volunteer Services at Children’s Hospital.

“Because of the generosity of the community, patients and families in the hospital during the month of December, as well as throughout the year, experience the joy of receiving gifts,” Stephanie VanDyke said.

“Our community plays an important role as we strive to normalize a child’s health care experience through play and other age appropriate activities. Donations make a difference, and we are most grateful for everyone in our community who gives to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.”

Donations of toys and other wish list items are coordinated through Volunteer Services. People interested in making a holiday donation should contact Vanderbilt Volunteer Services at 322-2379.