Spirit Of Giving: 524 Teddy Bears Donated To Med Center

By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email

A Sioux City woman and her children donated 524 teddy bears to the Nebraska Medical Center Sunday afternoon.

The Med Center was where Mike "Bear" Ruehl, was treated for cancer over a 12-year period. He died February 6th at age 60. For his funeral, the family asked that people bring stuffed bears instead of flowers.

“When Mike was being treated in Omaha, we’d see children in strollers or children walking, pulling their IVs, all of them getting chemotherapy or treatment,” said wife Kerry. “Mike and I would look at each other and say, 'this isn’t fair.’”

She thought this was a way her husband, who loved working with children, could continue spreading cheer.

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