Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the August issue of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Health newsletter. The complete article can be found here.
A small, cuddly teddy bear is having a big impact in research funding for cystic fibrosis around the world, including here at the University of Minnesota.
The teddy bear, Burke P. Bear, is named in honor of Burke P. Derr, who died two days before his 19th birthday in 1997 from complications of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that causes mucus to build up and clog some organs of the body, primarily the lungs. To date, Burke P. Bear has traveled 47 states and 23 countries raising awareness of CF.