Childhood Cancer Awareness Bear
  • Petitioning Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Childhood Cancer Awareness Bear

    1. Lynne Stiefler
    2. Petition by

      Lynne Stiefler

      West Henrietta, NY

 

Want to appeal to any of the companies devoted to making bears for their consideration to make a bear specifically designed for childhood cancer awareness and not sure if one could be done for childhood cancer awareness month in 2014 but many companies plan in advance so please continue to promote so this year a bear will be made.

If you look at the facts, it’s clear. Childhood cancer needs a cure and it needs it fast. Hope that one of the companies can be the company that can start something to increase awareness for children with cancer by creating a bear specifically designated for children with cancer and/or a t-shirt for childhood cancer awareness.


Companies have done pink on Mother’s Day and blue on Father’s Day, but I have never seen the gold come out for pediatric cancer in September. I acknowledge that both breast and prostate cancer are important. There are many people who die from these cancers each year and many who are affected by them. However, one in every five families will see their child, brother, sister or friend leave them before age twenty this year because of cancer. Though 8 out of every 10 children with cancer will eventually survive, it is uncertain what the effects of treatment will have on them in the future. When people are afraid to talk about a subject like this, these numbers don’t tend to change.

Many of the cancer children have many bears that they receive in the course of their treatment so why not a bear designed specifically for them and that others could purchase that would increase awareness for these facts:

Fact: There are approximately 36 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer today.

Fact: Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death from disease for children in the United States.  It is second only to car accidents as the leading cause of death in the United States overall.  Childhood cancer does not discriminate between ethnic backgrounds or socioeconomic statuses.

Fact: This year, the world will see 160,000 children receive a cancer diagnosis and around 90,000 children will die from the disease.

Fact: There are 400,000 childhood cancer survivors in the world today

Fact: The funding for pediatric cancer research has gone down steadily since 2003 and only 3% of funds raised for the National Cancer Institute go directly to childhood cancer research.


In order to bring awareness to childhood cancer and increase its survival rate, I propose that the company recognize the need to help increase awareness in September.

 

 

To:
Build-A-Bear Workshop
GUND
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
Create A Bear for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Challenge for One

      Lynne Stiefler
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has hit a road block and there have not been a lot of new signatures in a while-goal is still to print and send it to companies when there are 15,000 and continue to keep it open until 20,000. This is possible and it can happen if everyone that has signed it recruits one more person to sign it. Please help that happen and if we can reach 15,000 by the end of October my husband and I will donate two bears to be sent out to a child with cancer through the program CURE Bears for Hope and Love. Please share the link to the petition-ask your friends to sign.

      https://www.change.org/p/childhood-cancer-awareness-bear

      Childhood Cancer Awareness Bear

      Want to appeal to any of the companies devoted to making bears for their consideration to make a bear specifically designed for childhood cancer...

    2. Last day of childhood cancer awareness month

      Lynne Stiefler
      Petition Organizer

      Had hopes to reach 15,000 signatures by the last day of childhood cancer awareness month but that did not happen as I had hoped. However, children are still diagnosed with cancer in October and November along with the rest of the year so hope that everyone continues to share the link to the petition. Encourage others to sign the petition and help it reach the goal so that it can be printed-awareness is key and there should be as much gold for childhood cancer as there is pink for breast cancer. Please continue to share and keep the movement live. Also, if you have not gone to the Facebook page CURE Bears for Hope and Love consider going to that page and like the page-will be using that page to keep current news, share the pages of children that are in treatment and increase awareness for childhood cancer.

      http://www.change.org/p/childhood-cancer-awareness-bear

      Childhood Cancer Awareness Bear

      Want to appeal to any of the companies devoted to making bears for their consideration to make a bear specifically designed for childhood cancer awareness and not sure if one could be done for childhood cancer awareness month in 2014 but many companies plan in advance so please continue to promote so this year a bear will be made.

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. Blog Written

      Lynne Stiefler
      Petition Organizer

      Please consider sharing the blog that has some of the reasons why a bear for childhood cancer would be an asset.

      http://4sqclobberscancer.com/2014/04/22/bear-with-me/

      Bear with Me | Four-Square Clobbers Cancer on WordPress.com

      I was a nurse for 29+ years and have loved the opportunities that I had to care for children with cancer during that time. Knowing the role of a nurse and what an emotional toll childhood cancer takes on children and their families, people would often ask, "How can you care for these children?"

    5. Worth watching and sharing

      Lynne Stiefler
      Petition Organizer

      Link to the You-Tube video that was created by a high school student to encourage a bear to be made

      http://tinyurl.com/Childhoodcancerbearvideo

      Childhood Cancer Awareness Build-A-Bear

      Created using http://studio.stupeflix.com/?yt=1 The song is Arwin's Vigil by The Piano Guys Please sign this petition to make a Childhood Cancer Awareness Build-A-Bear. When the petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the signatures and comments will be printed out along with pictures of children with cancer and their Build-A-Bears and shown to Build-A-Bear Workshop to try and convince them to make a bear where all the money goes to childhood cancer research.

    6. Reached 10,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Joni Colon COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • 1 day ago

      I'm signing because of Alysa and all the DPIG kids out there.

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    • David Alderson LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      we need to win the fight against any form of cancer and where best to start, than with our children

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    • virginia parker UPLAND, CA
      • 2 days ago

      The world is lost without these children.

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    • Kimberly Richmond OAK HILLS, CA
      • 2 days ago

      I have known too many little angels lose their fight with this terrible disease.

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    • Sara Seymore SHREVEPORT, LA
      • 2 days ago

      Alysa and Charlie - no parent should have to lose a child!!!

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