As a state trooper you never know what your day may bring, but Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a call in to make a special delivery that brought smiles and joy to everyone involved. West Virginia State Troopers gave stuffed animal bears to children fighting battles against cancer at Women and Children’s Hospital. The bears were provided by Bikers Against Child Abuse.
"When you get a chance to give back and really be involved and meet the kids that we get to serve, it's truly an honor," said Evan Osborn, development director.
Ellie Washington was one of the children that received a stuffed bear from the troopers. Less than 2 years old, Ellie was diagnosed with cancer in her ear.
"One minute your child is perfectly healthy and then the next minute, your world is all about cancer. I mean, all we do is chemo, and making sure everything's clean and keeping everybody well. I mean, your world completely changes. She's worth every minute of it," says her mother, Jessica. With help from the Ronald McDonald House, she is able to receive treatment in New York.
"You come down here and try to be a blessing and you end up receiving the blessing. So wonderful to see these kids and see a smile on their face because you know they're going through some difficult times," says Lt. Michael Baylous.
The small act of kindness goes along with what the Ronald McDonald House aims to do. Building love, and bridging hearts, as a bright new future for them begins.
The third annual McTrooper 5K is Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. and begins at the Frontier Communications Building on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City. All registration information can be found at Ronald McDonald House Charities.
~Courtesy of WCHS ABC 8 and W. Virginia State Police