Who We Are
A non profit organization that collects brand new teddy bears and distributes them out to children with Cancer in hospitals.
"Friends and family cannot always be near, that's why you’re getting me, a small teddy bear. So hold me and love me and hug me tight, and I will be there with you both day and night"
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Hi, my name is Sydney Bagrowski. I am the founder of Cuddles 4 Cancer in Florida. I first thought of doing Cuddles 4 Cancer when I was 8 years old and I learned that my friend Jessica had passed away from neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, at the age of 6. Because of her compromised immune function, she could not have any of her old toys or stuffed animals with her. I hated seeing pictures of her alone in the hospital, going through treatments without something to hold when she was scared. I wanted to do something about that. I wanted to do everything in my power to give every child something to hold onto, to hug, when they were scared. So I starting collecting brand new stuffed animals and made fleece blankets to deliver to local cancer centers and hospitals to comfort the children.
One of my biggest supporters, Brandon Kreitzer, would always talk about Cuddles at his events and hold donation drives. I first spoke at an event about Cuddles when I was around 14 years old, where I showed a Powerpoint presentation, had flyers, and accepted donations. Brandon brought about 50+ stuffed animals to this event that he had collected for me. This was the start of our collaboration.
For the past 2 seasons, I was also able to donate stuffed animals to the Ryan Callahan Foundation (a foundation set up by a former Tampa Bay Lightning player) and these animals were given to the children that came to watch the hockey games in their suite. I hope to continue this relationship in the future.
To date I have collected and donated over 1,200 stuffed animals to children in Florida and even a few outside the state. My eventual goal for Cuddles 4 Cancer is for people all over the US to start their own collection drives and be a contact for others in their area who want to donate, so children everywhere can have a friend to hold all day and all night when things get scary.
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