Each day that goes by, I miss seeing and being with my precious and beautiful Alyssa. I am grateful to be able to pour my heart and soul into the mission of Alyssa's Foundation.
Alyssa has given me the hope, strength and courage I need each and every day. I believe that Alyssa is also giving hope to other young people as I feel her energy when I meet generous people who soon after reading or hearing Alyssa's Story reach out to Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope and want to give us their musical instruments.
Last week, we received the 26th musical instrument, an accordion made in Italy which was donated by Alfred Centafonte, a resident of St. Charles, Illinois. Alfred shared with us that this past weekend his family was having a 90th birthday party for him. Alfred told us he had played his Italian accordion for over 50 years and that he was delighted to donate it to support Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope and "Give Hope" to others battling cancer just like Alyssa did. One thing we are certain of is that Alyssa never gave up Hope!
The RMH in Chicago is looking forward to receiving the accordion and adding it to the collection of donated musical instruments from Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope! Mark, RMH Chicago House Director, said "this wonderful foundation is allowing children with the opportunity to experience the joy of music in the face of adversity". Our donated instruments support their mission to provide care for families of children with complex needs.
Musical instruments have been delivered to Ronald McDonald Houses in Chicago & Winfield as well as Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital!
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