Earlier this year, I had the privilege of meeting an extraordinary college student named Nicole Javorsky. Javorsky is Founder & Co-President of Cubs for Coping, an organization that provides hospitals, shelters, and eating disorder programs with handmade teddy bears to spread hope and encourage recovery. She, along with Co-President Christie Delligatti, Vice President Myra Greenberg, and Press Coordinator Billie Goh, organize volunteers and train them to sew teddy bears that are safe to send to hospitals and comforting to those who need the support.
When she was 14 years old, Javorsky was hospitalized for anorexia. During this stressful time, her family and friends brought her stuffed animals. “It reminded me that I have people who really care about me,” she said. “It gave me motivation to see them again.”
Upon her return to school, she wrote for the newspaper there and founded an interest group to raise awareness for eating disorders and funds for treatment. The bravery of Javorsky and her honesty to tell her tale for the betterment of others’ lives so impressed me – she is going places. AND she coded the website for Cubs for Coping herself.
So far Javorsky and her team members have donated 132 teddy bears in 2015 already, and will most likely reach 300 bears donated by the end of the summer or early fall. Each teddy bear they donate is unique, just like the people they give them to. Personalized items help people remember that others care about them. Through Cubs for Coping, Javorsky reminds young people facing tough times that they are not alone. She is a truly special individual and entrepreneur.
“Finding something that you’re passionate about makes you feel happy,” Javorsky said. “It sort of fills that hole that the eating disorder fills, as well.”
Cubs for Coping has been holding more and more events at schools for students to create teddy bears to donate to children and teens experiencing hospitalization, homelessness, or eating disorders. These smaller events at schools have been helping Javorsky and her supporters to donate many more bears.
If you would like to donate to Cubs for Coping, please click here. To contact Cubs for Coping to donate sewing supplies or other services, please visit their website. Follow Cubs for Coping on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Cheers to the further success of this accomplished and talented woman focused on inspiring others via her recovery!
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