Twenty-five years ago I took my 6-year-old daughter to the Peoria Zoo and as chance would have it one of the Peoria hospitals was holding a stuffed animal day at the Zoo. Little did I know 25 years later, the idea that I brought back to Quincy would still be flourishing. I came back to Quincy thinking that this needs to happen in our town, too. We didn't have a zoo in Quincy but we did have the Animal Park at the Illinois Veteran’s Home. Armed with ideas during my drive back to Quincy, I went to work to make sure this took place in our town. I contacted Blessing Hospital and they set me up with a meeting with the right people and “The Teddy Bear Clinic” was born.