|Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to Help Beary Special Charities|
Foundation will present checks to Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence at book signing event on October 13
ST. LOUIS (Oct. 9, 2007) – The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation is honoring two beary special organizations for their strides to improve the lives of children and families. On Oct. 13 at the biggest Build-A-Bear Workshop® store in the world, located on Fifth Avenue in New York, the Foundation will present donation checks in the amount of $2,500 each to The Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence. The check presentation will take place at 2 p.m., and will kick off a book signing event for an exceptional Build-A-Bear Workshop friend, 12-year-old Shea Megale. Shea was diagnosed with SMA at a young age, and recently released her first book, Marvelous Mercer, which features the adventures of Mercer, her assistance dog. Shea will be signing copies of her book from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation strives to support organizations like The SMA Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “By serving as a resource for individuals and families going through challenging times, these organizations have truly enriched the lives of numerous individuals like Shea Megale.”
Shea was matched with Mercer by Canine Companions for Independence in 2004. Marvelous Mercer is the first book to be published in her series of six books; the second book will be released in January.
"Canine Companions for Independence truly values our partnership with the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation,” said Corey Hudson, chief executive officer of Canine Companions for Independence. “The Foundation shares our appreciation for the power of the human-animal bond and is showing it by recognizing one of our wonderful graduate teams, Shea and Mercer. We look forward to uniting more exceptional dogs with exceptional people in the future, and this donation will help us to do that.”
In addition to being a young author, Shea has raised more than $150,000 for SMA research through the years. In fact, at the 10th annual “Walk for Shea,” more than 600 volunteers participated to raise money for SMA.
“There are currently more than 50,000 people living with SMA in the United States, Europe and Japan,” said Cynthia Joyce, executive director of the SMA Foundation. “The support of organizations like the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation, as well as individuals like Shea, will help us to continue to raise awareness about SMA and fund research on the disease.”
The proceeds from the sales of Marvelous Mercer benefit SMA research and Canine Companions for Independence. Copies of Marvelous Mercer will be on hand for purchase during the signing event.
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