WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- First responders in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton participated in the 'Carry a Bear' campaign on Wednesday.
The Palermo Heart-to-Heart program helps children battling chronic illnesses.
First responders wear a 'bead of courage' on their uniform while on the job, then give it to a child coping with a serious illness.
They say it's a way to remind kids they are not alone.
"These are normal kids, this is what they deal with everyday. It gives them some encouragement. It makes them happy to meet us. Their eyes light up when we give them a bead," said Tom Heffers, a firefighter and EMT for the city of Wilkes-Barre.
Click here to learn how to participate in the program.