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The Addison Bryan Foundation’s annual Toy Drive, will continue through Monday, June 26th, at First Bank in Elizabethtown. New unwrapped toys are being  collected for children and teens who are experiencing lengthy hospital stays while they receive treatment for their childhood illnesses. The toys are beginning to fill the First Bank lobby.

During this year’s toy drive, the foundation plans to collect and deliver toys, games, puzzles, and art supplies to children and teens who are receiving treatments for cancer and/or enduring lengthy hospital stays due to their illnesses or treatments. You can drop your new unwrapped toys, games, books, puzzles etc. at First Bank located at 232 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown.

Addison Bryan, daughter of Ben and Hillary Bryan, passed away from cancer on February 14, 2015. The toy drive was established to commemorate Addison’s birthday.

According to the foundation’s website, childhood cancer is the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Brooke and John Bryan, Addison’s aunt and uncle, started the non-profit, Addison Bryan Foundation, to assist Ben and Hillary with their mounting medical bills. The Addison Bryan Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness about childhood cancer and advocating for further research and development of a cure.

To date, the foundation has collected and distributed more than 3,000 toys to kids in need. The hospitals that will be benefitting from this year’s toy drive are UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, WakeMed of Raleigh and Carteret Health Care of Morehead City.

Your donation will give a child or teen a much needed distraction from their current medical situation. For more details on how you can help in the search for a cure or to make a donation, please visit the Addison Bryan Foundation at www.addisonbryanfoundation.org.