A Newport Coast teen is set to donate 200 teddy bears with medical ID bracelets around their necks to Children's Hospital of Orange County next week.
Devon Cohen, who has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, has raised almost $30,000 for diabetes research.
The 13-year-old will speak in front of almost 250 people at his bar mitzvah Saturday in Costa Mesa and will read excerpts from an edition of the Torah that survived the Holocaust.
The bears and bracelets project was part of his mitzvah project, a social endeavor that Jewish children undertake.
Devon, a soon-to-be eighth-grader at Corona del Mar Middle School, celebrated his birthday Thursday.
A date for the official bears and bracelets donation ceremony at CHOC has not been set.
"I'm so excited for this. It's going to be amazing," Devon said Friday. "It's such a sense of accomplishment to know you're actually doing something good, when you know you can help people less fortunate.