A Blue Bear paid a visit to the Carrier Mills-Stonefort fifth graders in the classes of Tammi Hancock and Dexter Parks on Friday.
The pupils in these classes have been gathering donations for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Quest for a Million Pennies charity for the last several weeks. Kent Zimmer, the Z100 Morning Show host and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Bear surprised the Carrier Mills-Stonefort Middle School students to thank them for their efforts.
Zimmer explained to the students how the success rate of curing many types of cancer had risen from 4 percent when the programs began to 96 percent cure rate today. He also explained how important donations are to St. Judes, which costs about $1.5 million a day to operate.
The combined donations from both classes have reached nearly $900 dollars to date.
This is a special cause to the students in these classes because a classmate of theirs, Devon Lore, was a cancer victim.
Zimmer, the Blue Bear and the Bears assistants, Sherrie Hammonds and Amy Fletcher passed out pink sugar cookies, wrist bracelets and stickers to the children before taping a message to be played on Z100 supporting the Quest for a Million Pennies charity. The class and Blue Bear then went outside the school to be photographed around the tree planted by the students in Devon Lore's memory.
When the Blue Bear was asked for a comment he said "Grrrr Grr, Grrur Grrrr!" His assistants translated this as "I'm so happy and thankful for the donations from these fine young people. Thank you very much."