About Us

Kimo, (pronounced chemo) a special teddy bear companion, therapeutic play aid and coping strategy for Cancer stricken children undergoing the process of intravenous Chemotherapy treatments. Their own teddy bear companion designed to go through simulated intravenous Chemotherapy treatments.

Kimo Bear
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Kimo Bear possesses a shunt/catheter in his chest wall allowing for a section of tubing to be attached to simulate intravenous treatment as the child undergoes their treatments. Kimo Bear also mimics the sometimes side effects of the anti-Cancer medications, such as hair loss via the magic of Velcro. Kimo Bear is made from materials typically found in stuffed bears. His legs and arms are fully rotational, enabling the bears' positioning to be comparable to that of a child.

Kimo Bear Project's Mission Statement is to provide every child diagnosed with Cancer their own teddy bear companion as well as establishing Kimo Bear as a key component in the preparation and education for a clearer understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of Cancer and its effects. To make a difference in the lives of Cancer stricken children.

To date, Kimo Bear Project has provided over 5,000 Kimo Bears across the Untied States, Canada, Australia and England. Kimo Bear recipients have been individual children as well as continued partnerships with social workers representing Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, UCSF Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children's Dream Fund of Florida, Starlight Foundation to name a few of the many organizations dealing with Pediatric Oncology.

Kimo Bear Letter

Kimo Bear Letter
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Each child receives a letter from their Kimo Bear, and it's a big hit with the kids! Click on the image to view the full letter.

Our Founder

Pam Marota, founder of The Kimo Bear Project, was awarded the 1998 Jefferson Award representing San Francisco, CA and the 1998 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis National Public Service award.