10-Year-Old Brings Smiles to Kids One Teddy Bear at a Time

Media Resources

Jill Chadwick

News Director

Office: (913) 588-5013

Cell: (913) 223-3974



             10-year-old Bradyn Newell has seen the toll breast cancer can take on a family. His older brother Payton lost his mother, Missy, to the disease, and his grandmother, Judith Newell, is a breast cancer survivor. In fact, Judith went on to found Missys’ Boutique inside The University of Kansas Cancer Center at the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Pavilion in Westwood. She recently wrote a children’s book to help answer questions from children of breast cancer patients and help guide them through their grief. Bradyn wanted to do something to bring a smile to kids dealing with their own medical problems. He and his grandmother came up with a plan. They would use the proceeds from the book to buy teddy bears for Bradyn to hand out to children in the pediatric unit of The University of Kansas Health System.

          In the video, Bradyn Newell explains why he’s doing this, and the wonderful feeling he gets when he sees the smiles on the faces of the young patients. He says he didn’t realize it would have such an impact on the kids.

            Also in the video, Judith Newell explains how this came about, and how proud she is of her youngest grandson.

            The video also shows Bradyn handing out the bears, along with copies of the book, to the young patients.