Cancer survivor donates toys to Vanderbilt

Leukemia survivor Katie Vacanti-Mitchell delivered nearly 200 stuffed bears this afternoon to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


The gift  was coordinated by LifeWay Christian Stores in Nashville and donated on behalf of Katie’s advocacy group for families, Katie’s Helping Hand, which has raised more than $100,000 to provide meals to parents at the children’s hospital.

Katie formed the Katie’s Helping Hand organization in 2004 after receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital.

The gift underscores the need for holiday donations at Children’s Hospital, officials said.

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