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La Fiesta de Arte 2019….Reminder to Join Us This Sunday, October 13!

The big day is almost here! Come and join us at El Molcajete Restaurant in Geneva, IL this Sunday afternoon, October 13th, for the 5th Annual La Fiesta de Arte from 3-6pm.

Mary Lucile O’Halloran (Mary Lu) is our featured artist and her inspirational paintings will be on exhibit and available through the silent auction which will benefit our music and art programs for young adults going through their cancer journey .

The silent auction will also offer gift baskets from local Geneva shops and restaurants such as The Little Traveler, Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, Villa Verone, Riganato Old World Grille, Gia Mia, Preservation, State Street Jewelry, and more.

Our sponsor, El Molcajete, will provide beverages and appetizers during the event. Auction winners will be announced at 5PM. It will be a fun and enjoyable afternoon! Get your tickets now by going to our website by clicking here - AlyssaGivesHope!

Below is a sampling of what this event is like from past La Fiesta de Arte events.

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Delivery of Alyssa SAKs to Arnold Palmer Medical Center Child Life Services

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) were delivered to the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Child Life Services in Orlando, FL by Yoli-President, George-Vice President, and AAFH friends and volunteers, Debbie and Denny Kinn. We coordinated the delivery with Lori Heilman, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and were met at the medical center by music therapists, Cindy and Molly.

A total of 50 Alyssa SAKs were delivered and included acrylic art kits, watercolor art kits, ocean coloring books, drawing and journal kits. These art kits will be given to children and young adults being treated for cancer and life threatening diseases at the Arnold Palmer Medical Center. The Child Life Program is dedicated to helping each child have the best healthcare experience possible through education, play and personalized support. These art kits will contribute to each child’s experience within the Child Life Program and bring a bit of joy and respite during their stay at the medical center.


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Just a Week Away…La Fiesta de Arte 2019…Come Join Us Next Sunday, Oct. 13!

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope will host the 5th annual La Fiesta de Arte at El Molcajete Restaurant in Geneva, IL from 3-6pm.

Our featured Artist is Mary Lou O’Halloran who was inspired by Alyssa when she met her and spent the summer creating exclusive one of a kind art for the silent auction which benefits the AAFH music and art programs for kids and young adults with cancer and/or life threatening diseases.

You will be able to bid on Mary Lu’s art pieces, as well as gift baskets from local Geneva businesses such as The Little Traveler, Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, Villa Verone, Riganato Old World Grille, Gia Mia, Preservation, State Street Jewelry, and more.

Our sponsor, El Molcajete, will provide beverages and appetizers during the event. Auction winners will be announced at 5PM. It will be a fun and enjoyable afternoon! Get your tickets now by going to our website by clicking here - AlyssaGivesHope!

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1st Delivery of Alyssa SAKs to Shriner’s Hospital - Chicago

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) made a delivery to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago, IL. Yoli- AAFH President delivered 30 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to four staff members: Darlene Kelly-Director, Recreation Therapy as well as with Jamie Scholl-Child Life Specialist, Amanda Hogle-Recreation Therapist and Mary McCauley-Donation Coordinator.

Darlene stated the Shriner’s Hospital has many patients who love art and music and thanked us for visiting and donating the Alyssa SAKs which will be given to young patients being treated there.

The kits come in different formats to appeal to different ages and interests of the patients – everything from adult coloring books to drawing and journal kits.

We are grateful to know that Alyssa’s spirit continues to positively impact others through her love of the arts.



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Music Night at RMH near Lurie Children’s Hospital

A Music Night was hosted by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope at the RMH near Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. We also gave Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to the participants at the Music Night.

We enjoyed the enthusiastic musical creativity by young teens, Vanessa and Ariana, who were staying at the RMH supporting their teenage brother who was being treated for a brain injury. We also had the pleasure of meeting nine-year-old Libby and four-year-old Liam who really took an interest in trying every single one of the various percussion instruments and the ukulele we brought along.

It is always a joy to see young patients enjoy themselves while we share stories with their family members. The families appreciate the creative outlet their children can enjoy as well as discussing the health journey that their loved one is traveling. These discussions can be as therapeutic as the art or music activity itself. We always come away deeply impressed and touched with the dedication and perseverance of the families we meet.

There were so many people that were so generous to us with their support during Alyssa’s illness and they continue to be involved to this day. The inspiration that Alyssa provided us and the work that our Foundation does allows us to spread her spirit to so many others.




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La Fiesta de Arte 2019….Come Join Us on Sunday, October 13!

On Sunday afternoon, October 13th, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope will host the 5th Annual La Fiesta de Arte at El Molcajete Restaurant in Geneva, IL from 3-6pm.

Our featured Artist is Mary Lucile O’Halloran (Mary Lu) who was inspired by Alyssa when she met her and has spent this past summer creating exclusive one of a kind art for the silent auction which will benefit AAFH music and art programs.

Mary Lu, a 41 year resident of Geneva, Illinois, received both her M.A. degree in painting in 1976 and M.F.A. in painting in 1978 from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She has exhibited widely in solo and group shows in Chicago and other places: Neville Sargent Gallery, Beacon Street Gallery, Joyce Wood Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery of Chicago, The Center Gallery-Northern Illinois University, Clarke College -Dubuque, Iowa, Saint Charles Public Library, Norris Gallery-Saint Charles, Clay and Caboodle Gallery in Geneva, Saint john Neumann Catholic Church-St. Charles, Illinois, Geneva Forum for the Arts, Western Ave. School-Geneva and numerous private collections.

Mary Lu is married to John O’Halloran for 46 years and has 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.

She is a former art teacher - kindergarten through eighth grade, middle school and high school-freshman through senior year. Mary Lu is also a certified life coach for high school and college-age students.

Mary Lu has partaken in many endeavors involving her art talents and skills throughout the Geneva School District 304. She has been involved in every facet of the healthy development of children and youth so they can become the best version of themselves and follow their hopes and dreams. She has also been involved in ministries which help promote the healing process for victims of abuse of any kind.

We have included a few of Mary Lu’s collection of work:

Bedazzled ... wrapped in Her mantle ... Peace, Love, Joy 12”x12”

Bedazzled ... wrapped in Her mantle ... Peace, Love, Joy 12”x12”

The Beauty of Life ... Behold the Crab 9”x12”

The Beauty of Life ... Behold the Crab 9”x12”

In the Spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi ... Keep It Simple 11”x8”

In the Spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi ... Keep It Simple 11”x8”

Never Knew That Walking With a Line Could be so Much Fun 7 ½”x11”

Never Knew That Walking With a Line Could be so Much Fun 7 ½”x11”

Just Playing 8”x11”

Just Playing 8”x11”

You Got This 11’x14”

You Got This 11’x14”

You will be able to bid on Mary Lu’s art pieces, as well as gift baskets from local Geneva businesses such as The Little Traveler, Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, Villa Verone, Riganato Old World Grille, Gia Mia, Preservation, State Street Jewelry, and more.

Our sponsor, El Molcajete, will provide beverages and appetizers during the event. Auction winners will be announced at 5PM. It will be a fun and enjoyable afternoon! Get your tickets now by going to our website by clicking here - AlyssaGivesHope!

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Headphones Delivered to Aaliyah at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago

A set of Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones in the distinctive color “club yellow” were delivered to Aaliyah Chatman while receiving treatment at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Aaliyah was diagnosed with a high grade neuroepithelial tumor in May 2019 and goes to Lurie on a regular basis where she undergoes treatment. Cheri Hunt prompted Aaliyah to submit a gift request and on August 21, 2019, Aaliyah did.

Aaliyah is an 11-year-old student from Westmont, IL who enjoys drawing, playing with her friends and watching Netflix on her cell phone. She has a great sense of style and an eye for color as she demonstrated with her lime green gym shoes and her request for the club yellow headphones.

Aaliyah is a lovely young girl and we wish her all the best this school year despite the health challenges she is facing.

It was our pleasure to honor Aaliyah’s gift request of music in keeping with Alyssa’s passions and our Foundation’s mission.



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Kohl’s – Lemont Store - Assemble Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs)

In September, The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) traveled to the Kohl’s store in Lemont, IL and Batavia, IL to pick up a total of 200 art kits that Kohl’s Associates in Action (Kohl’s AiA) employees prepared during their volunteer events.

While the AAFH purchases and provides the various art materials for the Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs), Kohl’s has been a great partner by taking these art materials and assembling them into the Alyssa SAKs. We pick up the finished Alyssa SAKs after their team of associates have assembled them. We then deliver the Alyssa SAKs to various children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses. The goal is to put a Alyssa Starter Art Kit in the hands young adult patients fighting a life-threatening illness. Additionally, Kohl’s donates $500 to AAFH so that we can continue purchasing more art materials to turn into Alyssa SAKs. This process ensures more opportunities for young patients to experience the joy of creating art with our kits.

At the Lemont store, we met Ann Combes - Manager who shared with us the challenges that her own 21-year-old daughter is experiencing with an as-yet undiagnosed illness. Ann and her family have come to quickly realize the fragility of our health and the importance of charitable work.

We will keep Ann and her family in our thoughts and prayers and express our gratitude to the Kohl’s associate volunteers as well as organizations that are committed to assisting others in their time of need.

We thank Nicole Frederickson - Manager of the Batavia Store and the Associates in Action for volunteering their time to assemble the Alyssa Starter Art Kits once again!

Alyssa’s journey has provided a different perspective on how my family and I view our purpose in this life. Though we would not have wanted this perspective thrust upon us in the way it was, we nevertheless draw inspiration from the way Alyssa lived her brief but beautiful life.

Thank you again to all the supporters of AAFH in helping us bring joy through art and music!



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Music Night at RMH near Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held a Music Night at the RMH near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, IL on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. We brought various drums and percussion instruments for the patients and their family members to play.

While setting up, a previous gift recipient of AAFH and current patient at the Chicago Proton Center, Tristan, began playing the piano at the RMH beautifully. Since we delivered Tristan his violin three weeks ago, he has been hospitalized at CDH for severe pain he has experienced from his radiation treatments at the Proton Center. Due to this he has not had the chance to begin learning how to play his new violin. He is feeling better now and looking forward to playing the violin.

AAFH also made a donation of 10 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) that include journals, drawing kits, acrylic and adult coloring books. Jason Chantley, the Live-in-House Manager at RMH, received the Alyssa SAKs and shared with us his involvement with RMH. He told the story of his best friend who, as a young teenager, stayed at an RMH during his cancer treatments. When his friend passed, Jason remembered how the House was a welcome and caring place for his friend.

Jason’s story is an inspiration to all of us. Despite the loss of his best friend, he found a way to help others through his work at the RMH. We are grateful to the caregivers we meet while fulfilling the mission of Alyssa’s Foundation. Together, we are making a difference by bringing joy and hope to young patients and their families during difficult times.



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Alyssa Starter Art Kits Delivered to Northwestern Facilities

On Monday, August 26, 2019, Mary Jane Johnson-Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) Board Member made our first delivery of Alyssa Starter Art Kits to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL. Marianjoy is a part of Northwestern Medicine and has a pediatric area which treats patients who have suffered brain tumors or traumatic injuries who are in need of intense treatment. Mary Jane delivered 25 Alyssa SAKs to Brittney Woodruff who is the Childlife Specialist at this facility. Brittney told Mary Jane that it was so nice meet her and thanked her for coming out to Marianjoy. Brittney said, “I’m so excited to utilize those amazing Art kits!!”

On August 5, 2019, Yoli-Alyssa’s mom and President of AAFH made a delivery to the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University (Northwestern) in Chicago, IL. The delivery of 50 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) was made to Brynn Fowler-Adolescent Youth Adult Coordinator at Northwestern.

Five different kinds of Alyssa SAKs were delivered such as acrylic and watercolor painting kits, drawing kits, journal kits, and adult coloring book kits. We are happy to partner and continue our annual Alyssa SAKs delivery to Northwestern.

Thank you donors for your generous contributions throughout the year to help us assemble more Alyssa Starter Art Kits for children going through their medical journeys and and allowing us to share Alyssa’s spirit, her love of the arts, and her desire to inspire and help others.



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Delivering Gifts to Patients at Hospital Fray Antonio Alcalde

On August 15, 2019, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope brought joy and hope to two young adults by fulfilling their gift requests at the Hospital Fray Antonio Alcalde in Guadalajara, MX.

Dra. Martha, Board member, delivered a set of headphones to Carmen (18 years old) and an acoustic guitar to Carlos (20 years old). The two young recipients expressed their gratitude for the gifts, but we are also grateful for bringing a smile to their faces.



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Ashton Receives Guitar While at Lurie Children’s Hospital

On Saturday, August 17th, Yoli – AAFH President, delivered an acoustic guitar to Ashton at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Ashton was there with his parents and 2-year-old sister while he was receiving an infusion treatment.

Ashton is a 15-year-old student from Plymouth, IN, about 2-hour drive from downtown Chicago. He already plays clarinet with his school marching band and would like to learn how to play guitar also. He is the oldest of five children.

On the day of our visit, Ashton was clearly having a tough day with his eyes closed and head on the pillow during the visit. He was able to sit up briefly and smile upon receiving his new guitar. We are reminded of the physical and mental pain and strain that comes along with so many of these illnesses for the children and families we serve through AAFH.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Ashton and his family. We also send our gratitude to the nurses, therapists, doctors and all the medical staff who treat the patients. Anne, one of the nurses who cared for Alyssa when she was in-patient, remembered Yoli and shared moments of Alyssa’s stay at Lurie’s.

Thanks go out to all our friends and supporters of AAFH who keep Alyssa’s legacy of love for music and art alive in carrying out our foundation’s mission and in fulfilling our vision helping young patients enjoy life while in treatment for life threatening illnesses.



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Mackenzie Receives Violin at Lurie Children’s Hospital

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) delivered a violin to Mackenzie at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Monday morning, August 5, 2019. Mackenzie arrived with her mother, Jackie, at Lurie where she was going to receive treatment.

Mackenzie is 14 years old and lives with her family in La Grange Park, IL. She was diagnosed with AML leukemia in June 2019. She loves to paint, sing in the choir, do poms and hang out with her friends. She is interested in learning how to play the violin.

We met Mackenzie during Alyssa’s celebration of life at Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s in July 2019. This is where she heard about AAFH and the gift request program we offer to teens and young adults going through their cancer journey. Mackenzie went on the AAFH website and submitted her request that night!

Within two weeks of Mackenzie’s request, a violin was ordered, picked up from Instrument Exchange and ready for delivery to her. Mackenzie smiled upon receiving her violin and it was truly heart-warming experience for all.

We couldn’t think of a better way to begin a week than sharing Alyssa’s love of art and music with another young patient. The happiness that we see on the smiling faces of our recipients is a wonderful reminder that we are fulfilling the mission of our Foundation.



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Bringing More Cheer & Joy to Gift Recipients in Guadalajara, Mexico  

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope brought joy and smiles to children and young adults by fulfilling their gift requests on July 22, 2019. They received musical instruments, headphones and art materials at the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara-Juan I. Menchaca and Fray Antonio Alcalde in Jalisco, Mexico.  Yoli, AAFH President, George, Vice-President, Dra. Martha, Board member, and Narciso Razo, volunteer, visited with 15 patients between 11 and 20 years old and delivered their requested gifts: 8 guitars, 3 headphones, 2 keyboards, 1 trumpet and 1 ukulele.  Dra. Martha acquired the musical instruments from local vendors prior to our visit. 

Many of the gift recipients met us at the hospital on their off day from outpatient treatment.  Quite a number of these young patients are facing cancer and other life-threatening diseases and in-patient when we delivered their gifts.  Meeting these young adult patients and seeing their joyful expressions upon receiving their gifts made our trip to these 2 hospitals in Mexico even more worthwhile.  The young recipients and their parents were appreciative of the music and art gifts.  It is us who are most grateful for the opportunity to meet them and bring a smile to their faces and a bit of Hope.   

Headphone Gift Recipients: Ricardo- 20, Noe Diaz- 14 & Mariana - 12;

Keyboard Gift Recipients: Diana -13 & Javier - 17

Trumpet Gift Recipient: Hector - 11

Ukulele Gift Recipient: Maria - 11

Guitar Gift Recipients: Miguel - 19, Marco -16, Oscar-14, Jorge -12, Tania - 12, Rafael -16, Jesus - 16 & Noe Rivera - 18 

 Our deepest thanks to Dra. Martha and Dra. Alma for all their help in arranging our meetings with the gift recipients at the hospitals.  Likewise, our thanks go out to Narciso, our volunteer who accompanied us with gift deliveries to patients at both hospitals.

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A Celebration of Life for Alyssa’s 24th Birthday at RMH in Chicago

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) prepared a lunch, delivered Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) and celebrated Alyssa’s birthday with the resident families and our guests at RMH in Chicago on Sunday, July 21, 2019. The afternoon included a musical performance by the Salcedo Brothers (Diego and Braulio) and a gift of a pair of sunglasses with our Foundation logo was given to everyone who attended.

Daniel Guerrero, Alyssa’s cousin and AAFH Board Member, organized the event and his friends – Chris, Krista, Tim, Lisa, Christina C., prepared a delicious meal which included mixed green salad, pasta salad, meatballs and Italian sausages with cupcakes and fresh fruit for dessert. Much of the food was donated by our volunteers.

After lunch, Alyssa’s family and friends went up to the rooftop where the Salcedo Brothers played Las Mananitas, the Mexican Birthday song, in honor of what would have been Alyssa’s 24th birthday. Yoli, Alyssa’s Mom, ordered 24 painted lady butterflies contained in individual envelopes. George, Alyssa’s Dad, distributed the butterflies to our family and friends who then released them into the Chicago sky overlooking Lake Michigan. Some of the butterflies must have been still groggy from their journey and didn’t take flight immediately, some flew just as far as the plants on the rooftop and others ventured out further.

In her young life, Alyssa ventured far and experienced as much as she could while inspiring many people along the way. She continues to be an inspiration in our lives and she touches many others through the Foundation established in her memory.

We thank all the dear family, friends and volunteers who prepared and cleaned up after the lunch, the Salcedo Brothers, the RMH staff and the families who enjoyed the meals and learned about Alyssa’s love for the visual arts and music.

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Tristan Received a Violin 2 Days Before His 19th Birthday

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) delivered a violin to Tristan at RMH in Winfield, IL on July 18, 2019. He is 18 years old and lives with his family in Durand, IL. Tristan is being treated at the Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, IL. Tristan has been receiving chemo and proton therapy since he was diagnosed with cancer (neuroendocrine carcinoma) in May 2019.

Tristan is a musician. He just completed his first year at Northeastern Illinois University and is majoring in Music Education. Tristan has played the piano by ear since he was 2 years old and has played the trumpet since 5th grade. He also played the electric and acoustic guitar since he was 13 years old.

Tristan’s mom, Nanette, shared with us so many great things that Tristan has done, such as, releasing his first album in November of 2018 called NOW which can be heard on Spotify, YouTube and Amazon. She told us that he has a kind and gentle heart and loves to share his passion with others. This sounded very similar to Alyssa’s passion for music.

We understand well how having a life-threatening illness for a loved one changes iour perspective on the world. Alyssa’s illness changed ours and her inspiration motivates us every day to improve the lives of health-challenged youth by providing them with tools for the creation and joy of art and music.

It was a pleasure to meet Tristan and his parents. We wish Tristan a happy 19th birthday and many more to come. We hope Tristan enjoys his violin just as much as Alyssa enjoyed hers.

We are grateful to be able to give joy to Tristan and others in honor of our precious daughter, Alyssa.

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Music Night at RMH near Loyola Hospital

The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) hosted a music night at RMH near Loyola Hospital in Maywood, IL on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. We brought percussion instruments as well as a ukulele for the young patients and their family members to enjoy.

We arrived around dinner time and met other volunteers who had arrived to prepare the meal for the families. One of the other pleasures that we don’t often mention is the opportunity to meet like-minded people who find value and gratification in donating their time on behalf of others. We exchanged information with two different volunteer groups this evening and discussed the possibility of working together in the future.

Getting back to the music night, though, we also were able to get re-acquainted with a young family that we had met at the same house for a previous Art Night hosted by AAFH. This family travels all the way from Recife, Brazil to get treatment for their toddler daughter that they can’t receive in their home country. The little girl and her young sister had a great time banging away on the drums and other instruments that we brought for them.

We also met a second family who had two school age children that showed interest in and promise with the ukulele. They also experimented with several of the instruments there and it was great to see their lack of inhibition when trying something new.

Every event we get to participate in is a reminder to us that as we give, we also get. We give a little bit of our time but we get to meet so many wonderful people – volunteers, staff, patients, family members and of course the children – and we also get tremendous satisfaction in seeing the smiles as a result of our time together.

Alyssa’s presence and her passion for life is felt at each one of our events.

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AAFH Delivers Alyssa SAKs to Delnor Hospital in Geneva

On Monday, July 15, 2019, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) made a delivery to the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. A delivery of 25 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) was made by Mary Jane Johnson - AAFH Board Member to Trina Krischon, Child Life Specialist at Delnor. Trina will be giving the Alyssa SAKs to young patients who are being treated at this hospital on an outpatient basis.

The kits come in different formats to appeal to the different ages and interests of the patients – everything from adult coloring books to drawing and journal kits. Trina mentioned that these art materials are especially appreciated because the hospital has limited items to give the teens and young adults.

We are gratified to know that Alyssa’s spirit continues to positively impact others through her love of the arts.

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1st Donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Tampa, Florida

Bea Hernandez (Yoli’s cousin), George Alvin (Vice President of Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) and Yoli Alvin (President of AAFH) made a delivery of 50 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to Tara Paustian-CCLS Child Life Senior Therapist and Ivelisse Zambrano-Donor Development Assistant at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa on Monday, July 1, 2019. This is our first visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children, and we received a guided tour of the facility by Bob Clifford-one of the Shriners who volunteers his time every Monday.

We delivered six different types of Alyssa SAKs to Shriners Hospitals including journal kits, ocean coloring kits, drawing kits, watercolor art kits, acrylic art kits and color me lunch bags. We had the pleasure of giving some of Alyssa SAKs to children who were there for their appointments. It is great to know that we are sharing Alyssa’s love of art with the children being treated at Shriners. This is the place where one of our art kit recipients, João, was being treated and it is great to spread Alyssa SAKs at more medical institutions where teens and young adults are being treated. 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 the donors who provide the young patients with the opportunity to be creative during their medical journey.

Alyssa’s legacy lives on!

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Art Materials Gift for Julian

Julian is a 9-year-old boy who was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma (brain tumor) in April 2019 and is being treated at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. He is an elementary student living on the south side of Chicago with his two older sisters as well as his Mom and Dad.

Julian learned about the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) through Lori Mackey, Art Therapist at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Lori submitted a gift request on the AAFH website and commented on what a fabulous painter at such a young age Julian is.

On Monday, June 10th, Yoli (AAFH President) delivered the art materials Julian requested just before he was set to be released to return home. His art materials included colored paints, brushes, canvases of different sizes, and a large standing easel with several trays for storing supplies. Julian was thrilled to receive all these items. Julian told Yoli that he liked to paint and wanted to start painting immediately upon receiving his materials. He also asked us if we could buy him a paint smock so he doesn’t get paint on his clothes. Before leaving, Julian leaned over to his Dad, Fernando, and asked him if he could give Yoli a hug. He also asked to keep Alyssa’s brochure. Julian’s warm enthusiasm and gratitude is exactly why we carry out the AAFH mission.

We told Julian that we hope he shares some of his artwork with us in the future and thereby spread the message of hope and joy even further.Whenever we share Alyssa’s love of art and music with others and see the positive impact it has on young patients, we are reminded of the important work of our Foundation.

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