Hannah Kiresuk has lost something dear to her. Her stuffed cow, “Hammy,” that has been with her through more than 30 surgeries and 300 days of hospital stays went missing Sunday in downtown Minneapolis.
Hannah, 20, of Roseville, was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a muscular degenerative disease, four years ago and has relied on the help of her bovine buddy to carry her through it while she and her family wait on a bone marrow transplant.
She and Hammy have been together since she created him 10 years ago at a Minnesota State Fair Build-A-Bear workshop. Hammy’s outfit and accessories are customized to reflect the same scars and procedures Hannah has endured. He was lost somewhere in the Minneapolis skyway between Target Center and Mayo Square, Hannah said. She and her father, Alex, were heading to Kieran’s Irish Pub on Sunday for a fundraiser for Hannah’s transplant, which will cost at least $500,000.
Hannah’s mother, Teri, is an occupational health specialist at Children’s Minnesota.