Jerry the Bear is a comforting companion for children with type 1 diabetes.

Each year, 12,000 children in the US are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the number is growing. Kids’ lives are changed dramatically overnight. Not only do they need to learn the daily routines to take care of themselves, but also need the vocabulary to communicate how they are feeling to their caregivers.

Jerry the Bear is an interactive teddy bear that also has diabetes and by learning to give Jerry the Bear insulin shots, monitoring his diet, and measuring his glucose levels, kids learn how to take care of themselves. In addition, Jerry the Bear helps kids learn how they can remain active by helping Jerry the Bear train for the Olympic Games and learn different lessons about diabetes.

Jerry the Bear has is now the lead product of Sproutel, a medical toy firm founded by Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz, the two students who led the Jerry the Bear DFA project. To date, Jerry the Bear may be found in over 25% of all pediatric endocrinology office rooms and has reached 4% of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Team members: Hannah Chung, Aaron Horowitz

Spring 2009 - present