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 fifth annual teddy bear drive for Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome, also known as OMS.

The syndrome is 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 is organized by Meghan Cota and Chloe Bruland, both have lived through the disorder.

“Statistics are one in 10 million have the disease,” Cota, who is a sophomore at Onalaska High School, said. “You’re not technically in remission until there are no symptoms.”

The drive is collection teddy donations through Dec. 6. To learn more about OMS or how to donate to the teddy bear drive, head to