Teddy Bear Toss Hand Delivers Smiles to Kids for 18th Year
Players from the Green Bay Gamblers hockey team joined Aurora BayCare Medical Center caregivers on Monday to brighten the day for dozens of young patients and their families. The playersbrought just some of the 7,370 teddy bears that were donated at Saturday's 18th Annual Teddy Bear Toss.
This annual event is more than a fan favorite; Aurora BayCare and their youngest patients enjoy it, too. Each year, the Gamblers invite their fans to bring a new teddy bear to the game and hold on to it until the team scores its first goal. When the puck hits the net, it's pandemonium as thousands of stuffed animals are tossed from the stands onto the ice. One year, the goal tender hid under the net as bears rained down!
"We are grateful to our fans and to Aurora BayCare for helping us bring smiles to these kids," said Gamblers spokesman Jason Habeck. "I had a daughter in the NICU and I know how this really brightens the day for these patients and their families."
"The hospital can be a scary place for young patients," said Dr. Nancy Tsai. "Their families are under a lot of stress, too, so it's refreshing when these young men come around to give out the bears. It's a real boost for all of us."
More than 100,000 teddy bears have been received and distributed through the annual teddy bear toss.
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