Each year at the Emerald Eve celebration, “Burke Bears” are presented to special friends of the Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation in honor of their dedication. In 2008, bears were given to members of the Niskayuna Class of 2009, who selected the DMC Foundation as the beneficiary of fund-raising efforts they conducted throughout their four years at the school. In that time, they raised more than $4,200.
Other Burke Bear recipients included Lynette June and Kathy Travis of Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, who were recognized for their coordination of the annual golf tournament. They became involved with the Foundation when Lynnette, wellness coordinator, suggested the company give back to the community. Kathy Travis suggested the DMC Foundation, and to date they have helped raise over $20,000.
“Burke P. Bear” is a commemorative Boyd’s Bear created in 1997 to honor a young man and Teddy bear collector, Burke Derr of Pennsylvania. In February, two of Burke’s friends wrote to G.M. Lowenthal, chief designer
and president of The Boyd’s Collection, to share Burke’s story about his positive attitude, his life with CF, his collection of 150 Boyd’s Bears, and the fact that Burke had little time left. Mr. Lowenthal responded by promising that a Fall
collection bear would be named Burke P. Bear. Sadly, however, Burke’s health began to fail, so Boyd’s delivered a prototype directly to the hospital so he could see it. Burke died a week later, just two days before his 19th birthday.
The DMC Foundation is pleased to present Burke Bears to supporters who reflect this special young man’s spirit and
commitment to fighting CF.

Posted on:  November 18, 2009