When Campbell Remess was 9-years-old, he asked his mother if they could buy all the children in the hospital toys to cheer them up. His mom, Sonia, was forced to refuse her son… but when he asked to make the hospitalized children teddy bears for Christmas she totally backed him up.
It’s been three years since Campbell started making teddy bears for kids at Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania. In that short amount of time he’s taught himself to sew and brightened the day of more than 800 kids. ‘If Campbell could be on that sewing machine 24/7, he would,’ Sonia said. ‘Campbell is just wired differently.’
The self-taught sewer took five hours to make his first ‘floppy’ bear, but now he’s able to assemble an incredible teddy in an hour. On the surface, it may just seem like a nice gesture. That he makes teddy bears and gives them to sick children, but his mom insists it’s deeper than that.
“He looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down.”
But when his father, Nathan, was diagnosed with cancer, the power of Campbell’s kindness really shone through. Campbell immediately set to work making his dad a special bear to reduce the cancer feeding stress brought on by the sickness. And it appears to have had an effect… Nathan has been cancer free since his last operation.
‘There’s a little bit of magic in the bears,’ Nathan said. ‘A lot of magic in Campbell though.’
Check out his incredible story in the video below!
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