On Tuesday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Brooks Jennings talked with Chad Hasty and Rex Andrew about an upcoming teddy bear drive and fundraiser for a deadly disease.

Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS) is an extremely rare and serious disease in which the immune system attacks the brain. Jennings' daughter, Alexa, was diagnosed with the disease, and the upcoming teddy bear drive is named after her.

Jennings said he was inspired to do a teddy bear drive after spending so many Christmases in the hospital seeing so many kids in the hospital that were by themselves. He said that the teddy bears bring a smile to the kids' faces and gives them a "buddy" to take with them when they go in for testing and procedures.

Last year, the teddy bear drive collected nearly 3,000 teddy bears across 20 cities nationwide, and this year, the drive will be expanded to 30 cities. To donate to the teddy bear drive, drop off a new teddy bear to Wild West Harley Davidson at 5702 58th Street.

For more information on OMS or to make a monetary donation, visit omslifefoundation.org.

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