ELIZABETHTOWN — The Addison Bryan Foundation is holding its fourth annual toy drive now through June 30 at First Bank in Elizabethown.
Addison Bryan, daughter of Ben and Hillary Bryan, passed away from cancer last year. The toy drive is to commemorate what would have been Addison’s third birthday on Thursday, June 30.
According to the Foundation, childhood cancer is the No. 1 cause of death for children in the United States. Brooke and John Bryan, Addison’s aunt and uncle, started the non-profit, Addison Bryan Foundation, to assist Ben and Hillary with their mounting medical bills, according to the foundation. The Addison Bryan Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness about childhood cancer and advocating for further research and development of a cure.
During this year’s toy drive, the foundation plans to collect and deliver toys, games, puzzles, and art supplies to children between the ages of 1 and 16 years old who are receiving treatments for cancer and/or enduring lengthy hospital stays due to their illnesses or treatments.
Holly Brisson said, “There is no better way of honoring Addison than by putting a smile on a deserving child’s face. Last year’s toy drive was a success and we want to see it grow this year. This has been an incredible experience to watch the community continue to give back. Thank you to everyone for helping honor Addison and the short life that she had on earth by bringing joy to the lives of others!”
Last year’s drive collected more than 1,400 toys and the foundation would like to collect even more this year! You can drop your new unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles etc. at First Bank located at 232 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown through June 30.
The hospitals that will be benefitting from this year’s toy drive are UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, WakeMed of Raleigh and Carteret Health Care of Morehead City.
Your donation will help to bring smiles to the faces of the children and teens who are undergoing lengthy hospital stays and treatments for cancer. Your donation will give a child or teen a much needed distraction from their current medical situation.
For more details on how you can help in the search for a cure or to make a donation, please visit the Addison Bryan Foundation at www.addisonbryanfoundation.org.