Paris girl, cancer survivor designs teddy bear to help sick kids

News Jan 06, 2016 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Seven-year-old Desiray Schermerhorn is in remission from leukemia after more than two years of treatment, and became a celebrity in the process.

Desiray - who lives in Paris with her parents Melanie and Marc and little brother Landon - got to team up with ToysRUs Canada, Starlight Children's Foundation Canada to design Quinn the 2015 Collectible Bear.

Quinn was introduced in November at a special event in the Brantford ToysRUs store by Desiray, who met with other kids and well wishers as she signed autographs.

All of the proceeds from the sale of Quinn will help "brighten the lives of seriously ill children in Canada" through the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada. 

After Desiray was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in July 2013, she spent the following two years undergoing active chemotherapy.

Desiray spent more time in the hospital than she did in school and playing with friends. 

So when Desiray's treatment concluded on Aug. 25, it was a big day for the family. Her dad, Marc, described it as "one of the happiest days of my life."

"It's hard to put into words what it's actually like seeing your child go through this," he said. "It is nice we are able to pick up the pieces and move forward as a family now."

When this reporter first met Desiray, it was fall of 2013 and she had just begun her fight against cancer. Desiray had made a special trip to her school, Cobbestone Elementary, that day for its annual Terry Fox Run. She was far too sick at the time to be attending classes, but wanted contribute to the fundraising event for cancer.

Desiray chose Aug. 25 as Quinn's birthday, now one of the best days of her young life for two reasons.

"Quinn was inspired by Desiray's love for the colour turquoise, soft cuddly stuffies and all things sparkly," according to ToysRUs. "The turquoise cape represents Desirays strength, bravery and special super powers that she uses every day to make our world a brighter place."

Michele Vantrepote of Starlight Children's Foundation Canada said Desiray's story has moved a lot of people, as shown by the strong sales of Quinn.

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A few inquiries found that there are very few Quinn bears left in stock, so ToysRUs is no longer selling the bear online, but there are a few stores which still have them.

However, a Quinn bear can be purchased from the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada by calling 1-800-880-1004 or contacting info@starlightcanada.org.

Paris girl, cancer survivor designs teddy bear to help sick kids

Desiray Schermerhorn in remission from leukemia

News Jan 06, 2016 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Seven-year-old Desiray Schermerhorn is in remission from leukemia after more than two years of treatment, and became a celebrity in the process.

Desiray - who lives in Paris with her parents Melanie and Marc and little brother Landon - got to team up with ToysRUs Canada, Starlight Children's Foundation Canada to design Quinn the 2015 Collectible Bear.

Quinn was introduced in November at a special event in the Brantford ToysRUs store by Desiray, who met with other kids and well wishers as she signed autographs.

All of the proceeds from the sale of Quinn will help "brighten the lives of seriously ill children in Canada" through the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada. 

After Desiray was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in July 2013, she spent the following two years undergoing active chemotherapy.

Desiray spent more time in the hospital than she did in school and playing with friends. 

So when Desiray's treatment concluded on Aug. 25, it was a big day for the family. Her dad, Marc, described it as "one of the happiest days of my life."

"It's hard to put into words what it's actually like seeing your child go through this," he said. "It is nice we are able to pick up the pieces and move forward as a family now."

When this reporter first met Desiray, it was fall of 2013 and she had just begun her fight against cancer. Desiray had made a special trip to her school, Cobbestone Elementary, that day for its annual Terry Fox Run. She was far too sick at the time to be attending classes, but wanted contribute to the fundraising event for cancer.

Desiray chose Aug. 25 as Quinn's birthday, now one of the best days of her young life for two reasons.

"Quinn was inspired by Desiray's love for the colour turquoise, soft cuddly stuffies and all things sparkly," according to ToysRUs. "The turquoise cape represents Desirays strength, bravery and special super powers that she uses every day to make our world a brighter place."

Michele Vantrepote of Starlight Children's Foundation Canada said Desiray's story has moved a lot of people, as shown by the strong sales of Quinn.

.

A few inquiries found that there are very few Quinn bears left in stock, so ToysRUs is no longer selling the bear online, but there are a few stores which still have them.

However, a Quinn bear can be purchased from the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada by calling 1-800-880-1004 or contacting info@starlightcanada.org.

Paris girl, cancer survivor designs teddy bear to help sick kids

Desiray Schermerhorn in remission from leukemia

News Jan 06, 2016 by Mike Peeling Brant News

Seven-year-old Desiray Schermerhorn is in remission from leukemia after more than two years of treatment, and became a celebrity in the process.

Desiray - who lives in Paris with her parents Melanie and Marc and little brother Landon - got to team up with ToysRUs Canada, Starlight Children's Foundation Canada to design Quinn the 2015 Collectible Bear.

Quinn was introduced in November at a special event in the Brantford ToysRUs store by Desiray, who met with other kids and well wishers as she signed autographs.

All of the proceeds from the sale of Quinn will help "brighten the lives of seriously ill children in Canada" through the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada. 

After Desiray was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in July 2013, she spent the following two years undergoing active chemotherapy.

Desiray spent more time in the hospital than she did in school and playing with friends. 

So when Desiray's treatment concluded on Aug. 25, it was a big day for the family. Her dad, Marc, described it as "one of the happiest days of my life."

"It's hard to put into words what it's actually like seeing your child go through this," he said. "It is nice we are able to pick up the pieces and move forward as a family now."

When this reporter first met Desiray, it was fall of 2013 and she had just begun her fight against cancer. Desiray had made a special trip to her school, Cobbestone Elementary, that day for its annual Terry Fox Run. She was far too sick at the time to be attending classes, but wanted contribute to the fundraising event for cancer.

Desiray chose Aug. 25 as Quinn's birthday, now one of the best days of her young life for two reasons.

"Quinn was inspired by Desiray's love for the colour turquoise, soft cuddly stuffies and all things sparkly," according to ToysRUs. "The turquoise cape represents Desirays strength, bravery and special super powers that she uses every day to make our world a brighter place."

Michele Vantrepote of Starlight Children's Foundation Canada said Desiray's story has moved a lot of people, as shown by the strong sales of Quinn.

.

A few inquiries found that there are very few Quinn bears left in stock, so ToysRUs is no longer selling the bear online, but there are a few stores which still have them.

However, a Quinn bear can be purchased from the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada by calling 1-800-880-1004 or contacting info@starlightcanada.org.