Chevrolet celebrated National Teddy Bear Day and teamGM Cares Week by donating 48 small and one very large teddy bear to the Sunshine on Wheels program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.
Three members of the GM Asset Management team, each of whom is a cancer survivor, delivered the teddy bears to the patients.
The third annual teamGM Cares Week is a national initiative for General Motors’ employees to volunteer time and manpower to local nonprofits and communities. National Teddy Bear day falls on Sept. 9 every year, and coincidentally is during teamGM Cares week. September is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“As someone who believes in the power of charity and altruism, as well as one who has been impacted by the effect cancer has had on my family, I am excited to participate in this donation and partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering,” said volunteer Sean Graham, director of Investment Operations for GM Asset Management. “I hope we are providing as much of a benefit to these children and staff as we are receiving by giving back in this small way.”
The bears were driven through the heart of New York on their way to Memorial Sloan Kettering. A 2015 Chevrolet Suburban escorted the 48 small bears along the route, while the 51-inch-wide bear rode shotgun in a 2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible. The bears wore gold ribbons in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an affiliate hospital of the Sunrise Association, which has an ongoing partnership with GM. The Sunrise Association operates its Sunrise on Wheels program, which brings games and activities to children undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the hospital.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality.
About Sunrise Association
The Sunrise Association's mission is to increase the availability of summer day camps and in-hospital programs to children with cancer and their siblings throughout the country and throughout the world.