Alyssa was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on May 15, 2010. After being diagnosed with leukemia during her freshman year of high school, she continued to carry a heavy course load and participated in orchestra performances and sports.
At the age of 15, while Alyssa was being treated at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park, she created a collage of a Japanese Geisha which is now displayed on the 12th floor of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
By senior year of high school, Alyssa's leukemia was in remission, after which she aspired to become a doctor and began volunteering at a local doctor's office in Geneva, Illinois.
The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope is named in memory of the precious daughter of George and Yoli Alvin, Alyssa, who passed to her eternal life on July 8, 2014 after a courageous four year battle with leukemia. Alyssa’s strength and perseverance during her illness inspired many people including her family, friends, doctors, nurses, teachers, and music instructors.
She was truly courageous and never gave up hope.