Burke the bear visits London

PHOTO PROVIDED Jenni Philps hold Burke P. Bear for a photo near the Tower Bridge on a Thames River tour.

Burke P. Bear recently toured London with three young and fun-loving British women.

Burke P. Bear was named after Burke P. Derr, an inspirational teenager who passed away from cystic fibrosis (CF) in 1997. Since 1998, Burke P. Bear has toured every state and 34 countries to raise over $700,000 for CF research through the “Burke’s Tour” campaign implemented by Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis, Inc. (PACFI).

The bear was dubbed the “Globe-Trotting Ambassador of Love” by a British publication and has received accolades from U.S. Congress and Pennsylvania legislature for CF awareness and research.

Jenni Philps received Burke P. Bear from Bob and Linda Derr, Burke’s dad and stepmom, after meeting on a flight from London to Washington D.C.

Philps sat next to the Derr’s on the flight and mentioned she was terrified of flying. Linda held her hand and told her everything would be OK and started talking about traveling and other experiences.

When they got home, the Derr’s sent Philps a Burke P. Bear to help ease her fear of flying. Philps responded by sending photos of Bu­­­rke P. Bear seeing London sights on the Thames River tour including the Tower Bridge, the Shard, London Eye and London Underground.

For more information, visit www.pacfi.org or visit the PACFI and Burke P. Bear Facebook pages.