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USF nursing students, faculty, alumni and staff bring teddy bears to pediatric patients


The University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, delivered 800 brown teddy bears to children at five Tampa Bay area hospitals, according to a news release.

For the second consecutive year, more than 75 students, faculty, alumni and staff brought the teddy bears wearing USF nursing uniforms to pediatric patients in December as part of the USF College of Nursing’s Bulls Encouraging and Assisting through Research and Scholarship program.

The college started the program to encourage alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to support the college while sharing joy with Tampa Bay area children.

The teddy bears were donated both years by college supporter Christopher J. Davis, president of LAD Enterprises, Inc. Sponsorship of the bears by the college’s community of donors has raised more than $11,000. For information on how to participate in the BEARS program, visit


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