PHOTO: Rick and Diane Bolton (left) and Cord and Sondra Martin (right) were honored by Maury Regional Health Care Foundation for their efforts in supporting hospitalized children. / Photo courtesy of Maury Regional Health Care Foundation
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Maury Regional Health Care Foundation has recognized and honored two families for their efforts in raising thousands of dollars for hospitalized children throughout the region, with both families personally affected by the difficulty in having a child in intensive care.
Rick and Diane Bolton have raised more than $10,000 through their organization Tootsie’s Bears, which provides stuffed animals for pediatric patients. Through their efforts, 1,168 stuffed animals have been given out, with many more to come.
Tootsie’s Bears was created in memory of their daughter Mary Margaret, who passed away in 2017. Margaret’s parents remember her teddy bear that brought her comfort during her time in the hospital, and wanted to see to it that every hospitalized child could be brought some sort of comfort during their difficult time.
Cord and Sondra Martin have raised $19,000 over just the past three years through their organization Parker’s Project, which aims to provide books to families at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Maury Regional Medical Center. The organization was created in honor of their son Parker, who spent ten weeks in the NICU at Maury Regional Medical Center after being born prematurely. To date, the Martin’s have purchased 618 books for children at Maury Regional Medical Center.
“We are very thankful to the Boltons and Martins for giving back to Maury Regional Medical Center,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore. “Their generous efforts are truly making a positive impact in the lives of our patients and their families.”
Donations and gifts to support both Tootsie’s Bears and Parker’s Project may be made online by clicking here, or by phone by calling 931-380-4075.