Johnston County toddler receives first ‘Chaney’s Champions’ teddy bear


After Chaney James Corcoran tragically passed away from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at just 10 weeks old, his family was inspired to carry on the same love little Chaney displayed in his short life to their community.

To honor Chaney and carry on his legacy, his family created Chaney’s Champions.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, they “decided to focus their efforts on providing comfort to children who are experiencing difficult times. Chaney’s Champions provides teddy bears to organizations that support and protect children during their time of need.”

The nonprofit organization has made a big impact in a short period of time – donating close to 650 “Chaney Bears” to 4 law enforcement agencies in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina and a children’s hospice in Portsmouth, VA.

Chaney’s Champions gave out their first bear on June 20th to 2-year-old Dane Sellers. At only 15 months old, Dane was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, but he celebrated his one-year cancer free anniversary on the 20th!

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