Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and long-time partner, Toys“R”Us Canada, have come together once again to help a seriously ill child create their very own unique bear, from the ears all the way to the paws. This year, the lucky Starlight child selected to design the 15th Limited Edition Collectible Starlight Bear for 2023 was 6-year-old Christopher!
Christopher was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). Living with stiff joints and weak muscles, Christopher has already undergone 11 surgeries in his hands, feet, elbows, and knees. While facing ongoing medical battles – from hundreds of casts, splints, and orthotic braces to thousands of hours of physical therapy – Christopher remains a witty and full of joy young boy!
Speedy was inspired by Christopher’s love for race cars and Drive For Smiles – one of his favourite Starlight Canada events where he rides in super cool cars!
Knowing that strength can be found in our uniqueness, the rainbow tie represents acceptance of all. Speedy’s dangly limbs symbolize Christopher’s own arms and leg being stuck in extension at birth, while the bright blue eyes are representative of AMC awareness.
Starlight Canada and Toys“R”Us Canada have been partners for 25 years. Through the support of amazing employees and customers, Toys“R”Us Canada has raised over 28 million dollars for Starlight Canada.
Available in-store or online at Toys”R”Us Canada and Babies”R”Us Canada, proceeds from the sale of Speedy will help Starlight Canada continue to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families, just like Christopher’s.
Want to spread the joy? Use the Starlight Bear as your next easy fundraiser or staff holiday gift! Contact Carly Raffiek at firstname.lastname@example.org for your bulk order or more information today.
Thanks to the amazing staff at Toys”R”Us Canada and Babies”R”Us Canada, you can buy a star at check out and give a smile to a seriously ill child for as little as $1, from now until the New Year!