Meet Ella and her Sparkles Bear!
Now in its tenth year, Starlight and long-time partner Toys”R”Us Canada have come together once again to help a seriously ill child create their very own unique collectible bear. This year, the lucky selected Starlight child was 5-year-old Ella!
Ella was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries before birth and developed pulmonary hypertension at just six months old. This adorable little girl has already received a donor artery, had nine heart surgeries, and until this summer, was connected to oxygen 24/7. As a kid, this could make life frustrating and when she just wanted to play with her brother, Cameron, she had to be careful of the tubing. However, she has excitedly been trialing using oxygen only at night now!
Through it all, Ella always has a smile on her face, which is why she said her bear must be smiling! Sparkles encompasses Ella’s love for all things glitter and gold and even has an embroidered heart to represent herself as a “heart kid”. Beyond his ability to fly, Ella says his favourite food is chicken and he give GREAT hugs!
100% of the proceeds from the sale of Sparkles go towards making sure more Starlight kids just like Ella are given the chance to have some fun.
Ella wants to raise money to help more kids like her and she needs your help! Get your very own Sparkles Bear at any Toys”R”Us Canada or Babies”R”Us Canada store or online at www.toysrus.ca, OR donate at ellastarlightfund.org to help Ella reach her goal!