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Art Night at RMH near Central DuPage Hospital

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held an Art Night at the RMH near Central DuPage Hospital in Warrenville, IL on Monday, February 11, 2019. We provided red, pink and white acrylic paints, paint brushes and papier-mache heart shaped boxes of different sizes for the children and their family members to create a special Valentine themed art gift. The paint brushes were provided by Judy Goral-Artist from Lemont, IL.

We met Lauren White - House Manager, young patients and family members who were ready to participate in the Valentine themed art project to create fun gifts for their loved ones.

Whatever the age or talent level, all had lots of fun interacting with each other and expressing their individual styles of creativity. At each Art Night, we are fulfilling the mission of Alyssa’s Foundation and we are so happy to do just that in keeping with Alyssa’s passion for art. Art Nights also provide for the needs of the young patients in sharing their joy and love for life.

After this Art Night event, one young patient – Eaden submitted his Gift Request to the Alyssa Foundation and we are looking forward to honoring his request for art supplies prior to his departure from the RMH.

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In Memoriam - Alvaro Liceaga, MD

It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that we announce the passing of Alvaro Liceaga, MD, a personal close friend and AAFH Board member. We were not just friends but loved one another as brothers...our two families felt as one.

I first met Al as a freshman at DePaul University in 1973. He was strong willed, dedicated and always fun to be around with. I will always remember the road trip we took in 1975 to California...it deepened our friendship and trust with one another.

When we started this foundation in Alyssa's memory, Al was on-board from the very beginning and with his family provided the support we needed to help make the AAFH the success it is today. Al's presence and support can never be replaced but his love and spirit will always be within us and continue giving us the strength and courage to carry on the AAFH's mission.

Please keep Al's family in your thoughts and prayers that they find healing and hope to cope with this tremendous loss in their lives.

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Farewell to Our Beloved Cat, Snowball

On Monday, January 28, 2019, Alyssa’s beloved cat, Snowball, was euthanized by our veterinarian. He lived a good life at almost 20 years old. Our consolation over our loss is to hope that God has brought Snowball over to Alyssa in Heaven where they will always have joy and fun with one another with no more pain or suffering.

Alyssa loved Snowball since receiving him as a gift on her 4th birthday from her uncle, Gilbert and his family. Alyssa wrote about Snowball in her journal saying, “Snowball served as my protector and affectionate, fluffy companion. Every tear that accumulated on my face has been accompanied by Snowball’s presence and his appeasing, kind eyes to mend my broken heart.”

We know life is precious and Snowball was a big part of our family. Alyssa’s brother, Vince, would come home to take care of Snowball when Mom was going on a business trip. Vince loved Alyssa’s cat too! Snowball made many memorable moments in our lives and we will always remember them. We know that Alyssa is smiling and happy we took good care of Snowball until his passing.

We will always treasure our memories with Snowball for the rest of our lives.

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New Board Member & AAFH 2018 Accomplishments

Daniel Guerrero was welcomed as our newest member of the AAFH Board at the first meeting held on Sunday, January 20, 2018 at the Casa Margarita in Downers Grove, IL, Daniel is a cousin of Alyssa and has been an active volunteer since the AAFH was established. He has taken the lead in coordinating one of our more successful annual events over the last two years, the Spring fundraiser at Old Crow Smokehouse. He is currently putting together this year’s event and we anticipate another successful event in 2019!

As a new Board member, Daniel looks forward to being supportive to a greater degree in this year’s AAFH events in memory of Alyssa and in fulfillment of the AAFH’s mission in bringing joy through our music and art programs to young patients who are experiencing their own cancer and/or life-threatening illness.

AAFH 2018 Accomplishments

A total of 1050 Alyssa Starter Art Kits were delivered to 24 hospitals, medical institutions and RMHs in the Chicagoland area, Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Mexico. There were 54 gift recipients who received their personal gifts of musical instruments, headphones, crafting items and art supplies.

Our volunteers provided support in successfully carrying out 9 Art Nights and 5 Music Nights at 7 RMHs in the Chicagoland area and in St. Petersburg, Florida. We want to thank our 215 volunteers for continuing to assist us in fulfilling our mission and our generous donors for their financial contributions!

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Chicago Steel Presents Donation Check to Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, Yoli Alvin -President of AAFH was presented with a donation check by Dan Lehv-President of Chicago Steel and Hannah Schmidt-Artist from The School of Art in Geneva, IL. Our heartfelt thanks to the generosity of the Chicago Steel fans at the Crazy Hat Night game of Friday, November 30th. The auctioned helmets from the game raised a net amount of $1,833.23 in support of the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope.

We are very grateful to the Chicago Steel leadership team Dan Lehv-President and Kyle Kreger-VP and the School of Art Team-Jen, Vinnie and Hannah for selecting us as the not-for-profit organization to partner and work with us in this fundraising event.

Your support directly provides hope and joy through our music and art programs for children and young adults whose lives are affected by a life-threatening disease.

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BCBSIL Volunteers Prepare 200 Alyssa SAKs

The BCBS of IL employees organized a volunteer team on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 to create Alyssa’s Starter Art Kits (SAKs) in support of the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) in time for this Christmas season. A total of 36 volunteers set a record of 45 minutes time to complete 200 Alyssa SAKs!

AAFH earns Matching Dollars for each volunteer hour logged into Blue Corps and has been a community partner since 2016! This volunteer effort was led by Denise Perez-Cabrera, Executive Secretary of Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope. We appreciate Denise for her dedication to Alyssa’s foundation.

These Alyssa SAKs will be delivered to teens and young adults being treated for cancer and other life threatening diseases at hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across Illinois, Florida and Mexico.

A big “THANK YOU!” to our volunteers from BCBSIL and all the volunteers who helped us during 2018. A total of 1,030 Alyssa Starter Art Kits have been delivered during 2018 and it is only because of YOU, our volunteers! You have our sincere gratitude.

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Art Afternoon at RMH East near Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held an afternoon art event at the Ronald McDonald House East near Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg FL on Friday, December 14, 2018. AAFH provided oil-based paints, paint brushes and mixed media paper for the children and their family members to create Christmas themed art. The art supplies were provided by Judy Goral-Artist from Lemont, IL.

We met Karen Matthews, House Manager, and several teens, young children and family members who were eager to participate in the art activity to create fun Christmas art. We also delivered a supply of Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to the RMH East for the benefit of the children and families currently staying and for those to come.

Regardless of age or talent level, all had a lot of fun interacting with each other and otherwise expressing their individual styles of creativity. This is exactly what we are so happy to do at each of our art events in keeping with Alyssa’s passion for art as well as the needs of the young patients to share their joy and love for life.

After the art event, each participant received a gift of one of the SAKs.We are glad to have had this opportunity to hold this art event and provide these gifts to the children especially during this time of the year.Our intent is to bring them a bit of hope and joy through this Christmas season.

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Delivery of Alyssa SAKs to Rush Copley Cancer Center

Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) were delivered to Rush Copley Cancer Center in Aurora, IL on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by Nadia Tourjman-AAFH volunteer. Nadia coordinated the assembly of the Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) at an Exelon Volunteer Event held in early November.

Laura Rollins -Oncology Social Worker- at the cancer care center received 50 0f the Alyssa SAKs. The delivery included 5 different types of Alyssa SAKs – Acrylic paints, watercolors, adult coloring books, drawing and journal kits. These art kits will be given to young adults being treated for life threatening diseases at Rush Copley. Laura mentioned that the cancer care center had only two Alyssa SAKs from a previous donation and she was glad to get more.

Laura was excited to be able to give the young patients an Alyssa SAK and is looking forward to them being able to have fun expressing themselves through art.

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Crazy Hat Night

The Chicago Steel and School of Art Geneva presented Crazy Hat Night at the Fox Valley Ice Arena to benefit the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope on November 30, 2018. The Chicago Steel (United States Hockey League) made hockey history by wearing specially designed helmets during the game against the Central Illinois Flying Aces. The helmets were auctioned off after the game to provide art supplies and music instruments for young patients battling cancer.

Each Steel player wore a unique helmet designed by area students and artists as part of the team’s Crazy Hat Night. The event made for a more colorful viewing experience for fans with the home team donning the special lids.

The Steel believe this to be the first time in organized hockey that all skaters for a team have worn individually designed helmets during a game. Helmets were designed by nine area elementary school art classes, a Cub Scout Pack, the School of ART and other local artists.

Many thanks go out to the Chicago Steel organization, the School of Art Geneva and to all who attended the game for making this a memorable event and for the support given to Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope.

Go here for more info!

https://www.chicagosteelhockeyteam.com/news_article/show/973934

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Alyssa SAKs Delivered to Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL

Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) were delivered to RMH family room in Edward Hospital on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Yoli Alvin-AAFH President and 2 volunteers (Linda Fox & Carol Cole) who helped prepare the Alyssa SAKs during an Exelon Volunteer event.

We met Brittany Rhyne, RMH Manager, who works with the young patients admitted at Edward Hospital. Brittany mentioned the RMH family room lacks art materials for these young patients and that the Alyssa SAKs will serve to fill this void. Five different varieties of Alyssa SAKs were delivered and included writing journal sets, adult coloring books, drawing kits, watercolor and acrylic kits.

AAFH provides Alyssa SAKs to medical institutions and Ronald McDonald Houses to give teens and young adults between the ages of 10 and 21 an opportunity to create their own work of art, write their thoughts in their journal, relax and have some fun coloring.

We thank the Child Life Staff of the RMH family room at Edward Hospital for giving us the opportunity to share Alyssa’s love of art and music, and promoting our programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope!

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Yorkville High School Madrigal Singers & Musicians Perform at a RMH near Loyola Music Night

Student musicians and Madrigal singers from Yorkville High School joined the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola Medical Center to entertain patients and their families with the healing power of music on Monday, November 12, 2018.

The Yorkville Madrigals were led by David Smith, their Music Director, and this event was planned by Huntar Jones, a former member of the Yorkville High School music group and a regular AAFH volunteer herself. The 35 musicians not only drove over 90 minutes to get thru rush hour traffic to the performance, but they also donated their own time to practice in preparation for this music night.

They were met by AAFH President- Yoli Alvin and volunteer-Huntar Jones, as well as several families including children ranging from toddlers to teens. During the 1-hour performance, all ages sat in rapt attention at the beautiful music created by the strings of the musicians and the voices of the singers dressed in Renaissance period attire.

As we mingled with the young audience members before and after the show, we were impressed with the attention and appreciation they gave to the musicians. In talking with them about their physical conditions, we were moved by the fact that we took them away from their own health challenges at least for the duration of the performance. We could see in their faces and hear in their applause that the patients and their family members were free from pain, discomfort and stress while being moved by this beautiful music.

Thank you so much to the student-musicians and Madrigal singers, their leaders, David and Huntar, our volunteers and all of you for making evenings like this possible in Alyssa’s memory!

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Exelon Nuclear Employee Volunteers Prepare Alyssa SAKs

A group of employees at the Exelon Nuclear Generation Cantera Office in Winfield, IL assembled Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. These Alyssa SAKs will be donated to several local hospitals before the holidays treating children and young adults for cancer and life-threatening diseases. A total of 25 volunteers participated in putting together 210 of Alyssa SAKs. This volunteer effort was led by Nadia Tourjman, Procurement Specialist for Exelon Nuclear and Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) volunteer.

Yoli met Nadia while working together at Exelon’s Cantera Office. Nadia has previously supported AAFH events and made a very generous donation from her Exelon volunteer hours and continues to work together with Yoli in supporting AAFH.

A special “Thank You” goes out to Nadia because her support allows AAFH to earn Matching Dollars for each volunteer hour logged. We appreciate Nadia for her dedication to Alyssa’s Foundation.

The Exelon volunteer team completed 70 adult coloring books, 30 drawing kits, 30 journal kits, 40 watercolor kits, 20 acrylic kits and 20 lunch bags for a total of 210 Alyssa Starter Art Kits. Last year, Exelon volunteers prepared fifty Alyssa SAKs for AAFH.

Also, many thanks to our Exelon volunteers:

Lisa Z., Kevin S., Karen L., Jenessa B., Lynn M., Rick M., Elias T., Ann H., Maggie D., Stephanie K., Ed M., Abdul A., Audrey C., Maria A., Rita A., Steve W., Bev H., Sireesha V., Durga S., Aruna K. Nadia T., Carol C., and Linda F.

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Asher Receives a Boost to Enhance His Craft Making Creativity

Asher Rubio is 16 years old and lives in Romeoville, IL with his family. Asher enjoys expressing his creativity with paper crafting. He started with origami and it took off from there! He also loves scrapbooking and hand projects.

Asher was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia in February 2017 but recently relapsed. He is being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital and staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s (RMH).

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 I had the pleasure of meeting Asher and his mom, Martha, at the RMH. Asher is a very bright teenager and exudes confidence that he will overcome this recent setback to his health with his family’s support and the treatment he is receiving at Lurie’s. It was a joy and honor to present Asher with a Cricut Explore Air 2 in a persimmon color. The Cricut is a personal DIY cutting machine for various craft making materials. Seeing Asher’s expression and joy in receiving this small gift made my trip to RMH all the more worthwhile and heartening.

The work of AAFH, made possible by our financial supporters and volunteers, means so much to the young cancer patients. Our gifts and arts programs are intended to lift their spirits and bring them joy at a time in their lives when they’re facing life-threatening illnesses.

We are grateful for the opportunity to share Alyssa’s love of art and promote the programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope! We wish Asher all the best as he continues with his treatments and we pray for his full recovery.

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Bringing Cheer & Joy to Gift Recipients in Guadalajara, Mexico

On November 2, 2018, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope brought joy and hope to many children and young adults by fulfilling their gift requests of musical instruments, headphones and art materials. Yoli, AAFH President, George, Vice-President, Dra. Martha and Dr. Christian Hawa visited 18 patients at the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara in Mexico. With much help from Dra. Martha in acquiring musical instruments from local vendors and art materials and headphones we brought from the USA, we were able to respond to each request from these young patients facing cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Many of the gift recipients met us at the hospital on their off day from outpatient treatment. These young patients live in the surrounding areas of Guadalajara and some traveled several hours to meet us at the hospital. Meeting these young people and seeing their joyful expressions upon receiving their gifts made our trip to this hospital in Mexico even more worthwhile. These young adult recipients all expressed their thankfulness to the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope.

Below is a list of the patient’s name, age and their requested gift.

Miguel Angel (19) Guitar, Jeimi Guadalupe (16) Guitar ,Dalia Guadalupe (14) Guitar;

Luis Daniel (18) Keyboard, Maria Rosa (18) Keyboard;

Rubalcaba Carlos (15) Art materials;

Maria Jazmin (20) Tarola/Timbal;

Guadalupe Montserrat (16) Pink Ukulele, Beatrice Angelica (20) Pink Ukulele, Jasmin Mariel (24) Green ukulele, Jose Manuel (17) Blue Ukulele;

Michel Montserrat (16), Violin;

Pedro Perez (19) Headphones, Jose Alfredo (15) Headphones;

Not pictured were 4 patients that were unable to go to hospital to pickup their gift - Alfas Nava (16) violin, Jessica Raquel (20) art materials, Miguel de Jesus (20) Headphones and Nancy Nayeli Rodriquez (12) keyboard.

Our deepest thanks to Dra. Martha for all her help in arranging our meetings with many of the gift recipients at the hospital. Likewise, our thanks go out to Dr. Christian for accompanying us with gift deliveries to patients at hospital civil Fray Antonio Alcalde.

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Fiesta de Arte 2018!

Our 4th annual La Fiesta de Arte was held on October 21, a Sunday afternoon at the El Molcajete restaurant in Geneva. Many local artist paintings were on display and available at auction to all who attended. The auction room was jam-packed with attendees enjoying appetizers while bidding on art pieces, musically-themed gifts, gift baskets and gift certificates from friends, supporters and local businesses.

Our featured artist, Vincent Siracusano, was present and provided insight into his artwork and his current work with the School of Art in Geneva that offers everything from basic drawing and painting through full interactive animation and robotics. Musical entertainment was provided by the Mariachi Institute of Chicago consisting of young student musicians. The Mariachi Institute of Chicago helps these students connect to their culture through music.

Many thanks to all our supporters and attendees who helped make this event a success! Thank you to Vinny for being our featured artist this year and displaying some of his amazing artwork. A special thank you to El Molcajete for sponsoring this event and providing the appetizers we all enjoyed. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Sophia Vivianna’s parents, Alba and Robert, and her sister, Lucy for lending their support and for donating various wonderful art pieces created by Vivianna before her untimely passing.

This event gives the AAFH incredible momentum in carrying out our mission through the end of this year.Hope to see you all again next year at our 5th annual La Fiesta de Arte event!

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Art Night at RMH near DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) was joined by the School of Art from Geneva and the Chicago Steel Hockey Team in sponsoring an Art Night at the Ronald McDonald House near DuPage Hospital in Winfield on Monday, October 8, 2018. We provided art supplies for children and their family members to paint miniature pumpkins for a fun-filled evening.

The Chicago Steel is a founding team in the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier 1 junior hockey league. Its players range from 16-20 years and are recruited from all over the country as well as several foreign countries to fill the rosters on their 17 teams nationwide. A large number of these players are chosen in the NHL Draft, and many of them commit to NCAA Division I schools, to continue their education and further develop their hockey skills. We were thrilled to be joined by 3 of their players – Adam, Matt and Nick – and 3 of their front office staff – Brent, Kyle and Mike.

We were also joined by Hannah (who brought along her Mom, Kathy) from the School of Art in Geneva. Hannah and the School of Art furnished all the paints, brushes and materials for this special event and have been great friends and partners to AAFH since our inception.

This evening, we had young children and other family members who were staying at RMH sit down with the Steel hockey players, staff and other volunteers to paint pumpkins and create fun, seasonal decorations. Whatever the age or talent level, all had a lot of fun interacting with each other and otherwise expressing their individual styles of creativity. And this is exactly what we are so happy to do at each of our Art and Music Nights in keeping with Alyssa’s passions as well as the needs of the young patients to share their joy and love for life.

As always, we are so grateful to our sponsors: The School of Art in Geneva and the Chicago Steel Hockey Team.

We also want to make everyone aware that on Friday evening, November 30, the Chicago Steel is partnering with AAFH in fundraising from their game that night to our Foundation. Please buy your tickets to the November 30th game and don’t forget to use the code “Alyssa”.

Mark your calendar and plan to come out and join us to see the highly skilled young players and future stars of the NHL!

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La Fiesta de Arte Receives Support from Chicago Steel & School of Art Geneva

On October 1, 2018 the Chicago Steel hockey team lent their support for a painting workshop at the School of Art in Geneva. This workshop was to prepare artwork to be donated for the benefit of the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope’s La Fiesta de Arte upcoming event to be held at El Molcajete Restaurant in Geneva on Sunday, October 21 from 3-6pm.

Mary Jane Johnson-AAFH Board member and Yoli Alvin-AAFH President met at the School of Art and met with the Chicago Steel hockey team and their leadership: Greg Moore-Head Coach, Dan Lehv-President and Kyle Kreger-VP. We watched as the hockey team participated in creating an art piece for the upcoming La Fiesta de Arte fundraising event.

The Chicago Steel are entering their 19th season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and fourth season playing at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL.

The School of Art in Geneva is designed to teach all ages a variety of mediums. The School of Art teaches everything from basic drawing and painting through full interactive animation and robotics. Students are taught to see the world through artist’s eyes.

We are very grateful to Vinny, Jen, and Hannah from the School of Art in Geneva for selecting us as a non-for-profit organization to partner and work with us in fundraising events.

Last year's La Fiesta de Arte event, which is a major fundraiser for the Alyssa Foundation for Hope, was a great success thanks to all our attendees, volunteers, Board members, officers and business/private donors. Our goal is to make this year's La Fiesta de Arte event even better. We look forward to your support as it is vital to the ongoing success of our efforts to provide hope and joy to children and young adults whose lives are affected by a life-threatening disease.

Attendees to this year’s event will enjoy diverse artwork from local artists and featured artist, Vincent Siracusano, from the School of Art in Geneva. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Mariachi Institute of Chicago. A silent auction will be held offering artwork, gift baskets and gift certificates. El Molcajete will provide appetizers and refreshments during the event.

Tickets are only $10 online or $15 at the door.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Oct 21. Please buy your tickets now. It will definitely be an event to remember!

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Art & Music Night hosted by AAFH at RMH near Advocate Hospital

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) sponsored an Art and Music Night at the Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL on Monday, September 10th.  We also donated various Alyssa Starter Art Kits while there with delivery of an assortment of kits made to the House Manager -Jenna Embree.

Each time we do an Art and Music Night we have a different experience which is part of what makes them so enjoyable.  We try to utilize different mediums – paints, crayons, colored pencils – and different themes – holidays, seasons, etc.  Sometimes we have multi-generation participation and sometimes, like this evening, we have multi-sibling participation. 

On Monday, we were joined by Angel (8 years old), Anthony (4 years old), Cruz (11 years old), Lana (6 years old) and Ian (1 year-old) in cutting out colored foam paper to glue on to a background with a Halloween theme.  The children were also given a coloring sheet with art crayons which they were allowed to keep for their own home use.  Additionally, each of the participants were able to select their own Alyssa Starter Art Kit.  Their father told us how appreciative he was that his children had a creative activity to occupy them while their newborn sister faced heart surgery at Advocate Children’s hospital.  It was clear that the kids had a wonderful time drawing, cutting and even creating Halloween masks.

Alyssa’s life and love of the arts continues to bring joy to young patients and their families.  We are so happy to carry on Alyssa’s legacy and so grateful to those who share our vision and support our Foundation!

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Alyssa Starter Art Kits for Central DuPage Hospital - Pediatrics Unit

Linda Fox (Volunteer) and Yoli Alvin (President of the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope) made a delivery of 25 Alyssa Starter Art Kits to Ginger Manzella (Child Life Specialist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago/Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.  Ginger is one of the Child Life staff members of the Pediatrics unit that we have worked with in the past and it was great to see her again. 

We have made previous deliveries of Alyssa SAKs to Central DuPage Hospital and it is great to know that we are sharing Alyssa’s love of art with the children being treated there.  Ginger said, “We only have one color-me lunch bag left and need more to pass out.”  The art kits are given to teens and young adult patients with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

We thank our volunteers who often assist preparing the Alyssa Starter Art Kits and our donors.  They make this all possible by providing the young patients the opportunity to express their creativity and experience a bit of joy during their medical journey. 

Alyssa’s legacy lives on! 

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AAFH Surprises Maria with Art Materials at Lurie Children’s Hospital

Maria Olvera is 13 years old and lives on the north side of Chicago with her family.  She is about to begin her 8th grade school year at Northwest Middle School.  Maria was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the spring of 2015 and has been treated at Lurie’s for the past 3 years.

Yoli, President of the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) and Alyssa’s mom, arrived very early on August 31st at Lurie Children’s Hospital to meet with Maria and her mom, Dolores, and sister, Charlene. 

Maria spends time with the hospital’s Art Therapist, Willow Messier, when she is at Lurie’s for her treatments.  Willow shared information about AAFH with Maria and she went on our website to submit her gift request on August 16.  She asked for paint supplies, art pencils, markers, clay and clay tools – all of which we were pleased to obtain for her.  Maria’s other interests include taking care of people and would like to study medicine and become a doctor to help sick children.

While at Lurie's we saw that Alyssa's Geisha Collage continues to be displayed at the hospital.  The Collage has been moved to another hallway on the 11th floor, however, this area is not accessible to the general public and can only be seen by hospital staff.  Laura Shreffler, an RN and inpatient Asthma Educator at Lurie's showed us the new location of Alyssa's Geisha Collage and we were able to capture a few photos! 

The work of AAFH, made possible by our financial supporters and volunteers, means so much to the young cancer patients.  Our gift giving and art programs help to lift their spirits and bring them joy at a time in their lives when they’re facing life-threatening illnesses. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to share Alyssa’s love of art and promote the programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope!  We wish Maria all the best as she continues with her treatment and begins her school year!

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