October of 2016, Dawnette Meredith and the Ostomy Support Group of North San Diego County began an outreach to children who undergo bowel diversion surgeries in our community. The outreach provides Ostomy Teddy Bears and an Ostomy Teddy Bear books, to children who have ostomy surgeries.
Good news travels fast. Soon, Pediatric WOCN's and Child Life Specialists from coast to coast called requesting bears and books for their pediatric ostomy patients. Community groups, companies, foundations and individuals rose to the occasion. By October of 2018, over 5,000 bears had been gifted all over the world.
A small gesture of compassion, in a small place on the map, turned into a global movement. We are honored to join hands with other compassionate people to change the world one teddy bear hug at a time.
Please contact us for more information and learn how you can get involved.