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Marlee's wish to give

At the beginning of her wish journey, Marlee met with volunteers from Make-A-Wish Colorado. When they asked what her one true wish would be, she didn’t want to be, to go, to have, or to meet.

Marlee at Children's Hospital Colorado












She wanted to give.

Marlee envisioned a Build-A-Bear® for every oncology patient in the hospital. She wanted to provide a steadfast, plush-furred ally to help the other children get through the toughest time of their lives. Each one would be customized by the kids who know the same fears and sleepless nights as Marlee. Her hope was that her stuffed bears could transform a child’s bad day into a good day.

When her big day arrived, Marlee led the way as her helpers pushed carts overflowing with Build-A-Bears, each her gift of hope and comfort to her fellow hospital patients. She shared smiles and hugs with each child as she watched them customize their new companions. Each gift of a bear left the giver and recipient smiling – not to mention everyone who witnessed Marlee’s act of kindness. Marlee’s parents, Bill and Shelly, were overcome with pride. They knew their daughter had just made the world a better place.

  • Marlee at Children's Hospital Colorado

  • Marlee at Children's Hospital Colorado

  • Marlee at Children's Hospital Colorado

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