From Our Editors
The Starlight Send a Smile, Send a Bear program distributes teddy bears to youth experiencing lengthy hospital stays and ongoing medical treatments due to prolonged illness or injury. Teddy bears can uplift children’s spirits while they spend the day undergoing often-invasive procedures and hours of arduous waiting. Cuddling with the teddy bear can also provide a welcome distraction from the stress of medical treatment. Starlight distributes more than 3,000 teddy bears to hospital pediatric units in the tri-state area every year.