Local girls hold teddy bear drive to raise awareness of rare disorder

An annual holiday drive is raising awareness for a rare neurological disorder. 

This year is the 5th annual teddy bear drive for a syndrome known as OMS. It’s diagnosed in young children and affects their balance and speech.

The teddy bears collected will be handed out to pediatric patients at area hospitals.

The drive itself is put on by Meghan Cota and Chloe Bruland, both have lived through the disorder.

“Statistics are 1 in 10,000,000 have the disease. You’re not technically in remission until there are no symptoms,” said Cota.

You can donate until December 6th. To learn more about OMS or how to donate to the teddy bear drive, head to www.omslifefoundation.org.