Call me WB -I am a bear – a bear who lived at Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida until I met Angel just before her first spinal surgery. I have been with her ever since. My story is her story. She was born with a group of birth defects known as VACTERL association (also VATER association). Our goal is to let children everywhere know that they are not alone, especially those with chronic illness, disabilities and challenges. Angel is the one who spreads her sunshine, joy and kindness in the world and I come along for support and to add a little magic whenever I am needed.

I can be a voice, an advocate, and a friend when you need me

We know being different is sometimes hard but being different is what makes every child unique and special. We also know that some days are better than others and that is ok.  Everyone should be able to go at their own pace in their own way.
We can help children to discuss their fears, ask questions and help parents and loved ones answer them. We want all children who are fighting serious illness, dealing with disabilities or any difficult situations to know they are not alone.
Along with Angel, I am featured in a book series created for young readers, particularly seriously ill children, their siblings, family and friends. Follow our adventures and join the fun.  Our first book, White Bear’s Big Adventure is available online at most book sales websites.

“Welcome to Angel’s Village, where anything can happen and anything can be. Use your imagination and come along with me.”