NEW PALESTINE, Ind. (AP) - A 9-year-old central Indiana girl's effort to help an aunt fight cancer has expanded to touch lives throughout the country.
Emma Mann gave her aunt a stuffed Build-A-Bear with peace signs on its fur. Though her aunt died, Emma decided to continue making the bears and distribute them to other cancer patients.
Her mom, Janet Mann, tells the Daily Reporter that seven of the New Palestine girl's bears are cheering up patients in California, Idaho, Vermont and Indiana.
Emma's Peace Bears Project won a $250 grant to fund a dozen bears. St. Louis-based Build-A-Bear donated another 10.
The bears are distributed primarily through word-of-mouth referrals, but Hancock Regional Hospital is weighing a plan to get some of the bears into its new cancer care center.