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Tifton boy collects Pillow Pets for kids in hospital

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –We've introduced you to 12-year-old Lottyn Bates of Tifton before. He suffers from a rare neurological disease and knows how lonely it can be at the hospital.

So he's come up with a way to ease loneliness for other sick children. He's collecting Pillow Pets, which he plans to deliver to children Atlanta in hopes of making their stay a little better.

Lottyn says he was inspired after his school nurse told him a story she heard on the radio about a little boy battling Cancer who was collecting pillow pets for children at the hospital. His mom says he wouldn't stop talking about the idea..especially because he knows how lonely it gets.

If you've ever been to the hospital you know its not exactly fun. Four years ago Lottyn was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Giant Axonal Neuropathy, so over the years he's been in and out of the hospital.

But he says his loneliest trip was when he ended up in the ICU. He says with so many restrictions it can be hard, especially not seeing family members and friends.

So that's why he's collecting pillow petHe was inspired by a story his school nurse told him about a boy collecting Pillow Pets for children at the hospital.

He got his own pillow pet for his birthday and now he takes it with him just about everywhere he goes. "Every night I sleep with it," he said.

Not only is it soft and cuddly but its makes him think of home. He  hopes can be as comforting for children in the hospital. "I'm hoping they like it as much as I do," he said.

His whole family is helping spread the word, "I'm telling my friends about Pillow Pets and asking them if they would like to support it," said his sister Lily Grace.

He's hoping the community pitches in too because he wants to help as many children as possible,

He hopes to deliver 500 Pillow Pets to children at Scottish Rite towards the end of May.

You can choose from 36 different types of Pillow pets. They cost under $25.00, and you can buy them online or at retail stores such as Walmart

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