TULSA, Okla. — The USS Tulsa Commissioning Committee on Wednesday donated 125 teddy bears to children at Saint Francis Hospital.
Committee members, such as former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor, wanted to "share pride in city's namesake Navy ship" with some of the patients.
Seven-year-old Grady Wall, who undergoes treatment for a cancerous tumor, was happy to receive a teddy bear. He spends a lot of time at the hospital, so his mother says anything that can make his battle a little easier helps.
"These kids go through so much and fight so hard and to get little rewards like this completely turns a bad day into a good day any day," says Harmony Wall, Grady's mother.
The teddy bears will be given to kids currently being treated at the hospital from babies to teenagers. The illnesses range from the common flu and trauma to accidents and cancer.
All 162 beds at the hospital are full. Hospital staff says many kids are sick with the flu.
On average, the hospital receives donations from about 10-15 groups and local organizations every month.
The Children's Hospital at St. Francis is the only hospital in eastern Oklahoma dedicated to kids.
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