It’s just a teddy bear, but it’s giving children with cancer a friend who is experiencing the same treatment as them.
Some of the tiniest patients at El Paso Children’s Hospital received the teddy bears on Thursday.
Luis Ochoa’s daughter Isabella was diagnosed with bone cancer just a few months ago.
“Right now she’s on her second round of chemo,” Ochoa said. “The very first thing we thought was we were gonna lose our baby.”
Isabella fought through her first round of chemotherapy and she’s now ready to face round two. This time, Isabella has a bear who’s going to be fighting chemo just as hard as she is.
“It tells you what they’re going to be going through,” Ochoa said.
Isabella was given the bear as part of the ‘Katie’s Treatment Buddies’ program.
“Katie is a wish-kid from Atlanta and her wish was to create treatment bears,” Ana Haro with the Make-a-Wish Foundation told KTSM.
Parents and children are able to learn about the chemotherapy process through the bear.
“These bears are going to be a teaching tool. I really believe the power of the wish is that the kids are not afraid of starting their chemotherapy,” Haro explained.
With her buddy by her side, Isabella is ready to take on her next treatment.
For parents, it teaches an even bigger lesson. “What you learn here is that kids are stronger than us even, she’s a strong kid,” said Ochoa.