If you have stayed at Fisher House, receive our newsletter, or volunteer here you have met Zachary F. Bear. He has lived at the Puget Sound Fisher House for over five years and spends most of his time hanging out on the bench in the front hall, waiting to welcome home guests.
Here's how Zachary found us: a donor had called with the offer of a teddy bear. Small teddy bears are given out to all the guests and there is a stash of miscellaneous bear friends in the children's play corner of the living room. One more bear would certainly be welcome. "This one is kinda big," the donor warned. But the staff felt sure a bear, whatever its size, would find someone to love it. When the donor arrived, carrying a bear nearly as tall as himself, the staff knew that this was not your average bear. Zachary F. Bear had found a home.
As far as we know, Zachary is the only stuffed ambassador (ambearssador, perhaps?) in the Fisher House program and he takes the responsibility of that position seriously.
Zachary is a bear of simple tastes although he loves to dress up for the holidays.
Like any true Seattleite Zachary is a dedicated 12. How many bears do you know who can say they've held the Lombardi trophy? (Of course, he needed a little help. Paws are tricky that way.)
In the summer Zachary enjoys spending time in the garden.
Zachary loves to meet fans and supporters at fundraising events. He's always happy to share the story of Fisher House with anyone who will listen.
But Zachary's favorite thing, his reason for being, is to bring joy and give love to the guests of the House. And he does that very, very well.