In February, Nebraska Medical Center patient Mike Ruehle lost his battle to cancer. Instead of asking for flowers at the time of his death, his family asked for teddy bears.
The idea was to give a few bears to pediatric cancer patients, but 'few' was quickly replaced with 'hundreds' when word got out what the family planned to do.
On March 2nd the Ruehles and all those teddy bears made their way inside Nebraska Medical Center.
The family says they spent 12 years watching their father, Mike, battle cancer. When he passed away, the idea just came to them.
"It was like, bears! We will donate bears for the children. Mike's nickname was 'Bear'. The kids had given him that nickname a few years ago, and I just thought that would be an excellent way to remember his memory," said Mike's wife, Kerry Ruehle.
Close to 600 bears have been donated.
If you want to donate, call UNMC Lied Transplant Center at (402)559-5000.