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Fairlawn -- For her 84th birthday, Jim Griffin took his wife of 65 years to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Summit Mall in Fairlawn Thursday, where he created a teddy bear that featured his recorded voice.
At one time, Jim Griffin was a truck driver, and Virginia Griffin often accompanied him on his trips.
She now has dementia and is being treated by Crossroads Hospice. She lives at Essex Healthcare in Tallmadge, and Jim Griffin lives in Akron.
Because she lights up when she sees him during their daily visits, Jim Griffin decided to record his voice in a teddy bear to comfort her when he's not there.
Crossroads Hospice's "Gift of a Day" program, which asks patients their idea of a perfect day, arranged the birthday celebration.
"The 'Gift of a Day' program brings out the best in the community, with Crossroads staff, volunteers and area businesses coming together to create special moments for these seriously ill patients," said Christine Evans, executive director for Crossroads Hospice. "The requests are as varied as the patients we serve, challenging us to find creative ways to bring about a perfect day. The gifts have brought smiles, tears, laughter and joy to countless terminally ill patients and their families."
Together, The Griffins have five children, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.