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The MinMinBear Foundation is a 501(c)3, private foundation founded by an Alport Syndrome patient and named to honor her mother, a kidney transplant recipient. 

Our Foundation educates about kidney disease, advocates for organ donation, and comforts the families that are impacted by it.

The MinMinBears are plush teddy bears that are used to comfort kidney patients and their families, tell their stories and provide hope and healing.  They are busy bears, with their sights set on helping the entire kidney community in many ways.

The Foundation partners with other non-profit organizations around the country, research and development firms, transplant centers, hospitals, children's camps, businesses, and more, to maximize the positive impact that we can all have. 

Our mission is simple: to advocate for, comfort & educate patients battling kidney disease meet them wherever they are in their diagnosis, through our mascots, the MinMinBears.


Find out how we are making an impact here 

Snap, Share, Tag + Donate. 

It's that Easy to participate in the challenge that helps tell the stories of kidney patients and their journeys everywhere! 

Click here to get more information and join the challenge today.

Our mascots tell the story of the kidney patient journey and lend a voice for the kidney community to raise awareness about kidney disease. 


Click here to learn more about each bear and their role.

Our foundation exists to help those struggling with kidney disease, but we can't do it alone.  From donating a bear to child, or volunteering at one of our events, we need you!

Click here to learn how you can get involved. 


 Rachelle McCray, CEO. Photo: Diana Elizabeth Photography

Rachelle Driscoll


Rachelle is the

Founder + CEO

of the MinMinBear Foundation. 

Rachelle also serves on the

Board of Directors.

MinMinBears COO

Charles Driscoll


Charles is the

Co-Founder + Program Director

of the MinMinBear Foundation.

Charles also serves on the

Board of Directors.

MinMin Bears About Us

Douglas Johannson


Douglas is the

Director of Operations for the MinMinBear Foundation.

Douglas also serves on the

Board of Directors.

* Get Involved *
We love Volunteers!

Opportunities to volunteer are open across the country including 

bear packing events. For more information, please fill out the form below.

Thanks for submitting!

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Amanda McCray

Amanda McCray

Amanda is our resident Tutu Connoisseur.  She designed the look of the tutus and each is handmade for our MinMinBears.  She also helps pack each bear in their box with care.  We couldn't do this without her!

Don McCray MinMinBears

Don McCray

Don is in charge of the Phoenix operations and oversees daily shipments for packing and sending boxes at our Arizona office.


Lillian Van De Walker

Lil is our second in command tutu maker.  She believes in great quality and attention to detail in each tutu she handmakes for the bears.

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