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Rachel’s Bears

Bringing cheer to children as they receive hospital care

About Rachel’s Bears

The program started as a campaign in 2019 dedicated to providing cheer to children as they receive care in hospitals in memory of Sweet Alexa who lost her battle with pediatric brain cancer in 2015. Sponsorships were collected and donations were made by ways of books and bears to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in September 2019, 2020, and 2021 in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. In 2022, the program pivoted with the passing of our dear lifelong friend Rachel Williams, a pediatric nurse at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. In September of 2022, the program started a wonderful relationship with Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital to donate the books, bears and the financial proceeds of the campaign to their hospital in memory of Rachel Williams. With the creation of a 501 c (3) organization called Rachel’s Bears, it is our mission to continue to move this program forward in memory of both Alexa and Rachel in hopes to bring smiles to children year-round as they are receiving treatment in hospitals nationwide.


How It Works

Select your level of sponsorship OR donate any amount of your choosing.
The Community Foundation of Carroll County processes your donation while our team begins coordinating delivery to patients.

Cheer kits are delivered directly to one of our hospital partners.

2023 campaign

Kits Collected
Children's Hospitals
Different States

Sponsor a Cheer Kit

Each kit includes 1 book and 1 plush stuffed animal


Provides 1 Cheer Kit


Provides 3 Cheer Kits


Provides 9 Cheer Kits


Provides 15 Cheer Kits

Give what feels right to you


Contact Us

Reach out to us with questions, comments, or inquires to become one of our official partners.