Michaelyn Buck knew exactly which pajamas she wanted — the ones with the guys in One Direction on the front.
“I like their songs,” the 9-year-old said with a big smile.
Michaelyn received the pajamas because of Iz-Bee Jammies, a project started by Katie Clark of Harlan, Iowa, and her friend Valerie Fraser of Sioux City.
The inspiration for the project came from two sources.
Clark's 5-year-old daughter, Izabela (Izzy Bee), who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, had a relapse in February. During her time at the Nebraska Medical Center, she wasn't fond of her hospital gown and liked wearing her own pajamas.
The second motivator was television. Fraser saw a segment on “Secret Millionaire” about giving pajamas to children who were in a hospital. She wanted to do something for her friend, and she thought the PJs idea sounded like something she could do.
The two women set a goal of 300 pairs of pajamas, which they felt would help children of any age feel more comfortable during their hospital stays.
So far, Clark and Fraser have collected 286 pairs in sizes extra small to extra large, and have been able to delight hospitalized children in Omaha as well as 18 states outside Nebraska.
They are far from finished, Fraser said, and they hope to surpass their goal of 300. Izzy threw herself into the project, helping pack the pajamas and make the labels.
“She did a lot to help,” Fraser said.
Michaelyn, being treated for seizures, was in agreement about liking pajamas better than the hospital gowns.
“They don't show your butt,” she said, giggling and talking a mile a minute as she showed off her jammies.
Lynette Buck interrupted, prodding her daughter with, “What do you say?”
“Thank you!” Michaelyn got out before launching into a tale about how she met her friend Neeya.
People who would like more information or want to contribute to the Iz-Bee Jammies project can visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/IzBeeJammies.
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