The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held a celebration for all its volunteers from 2016 at El Molcajete in Geneva, IL on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  The volunteers who attended enjoyed an appetizing mix of guacamole, salsa, chips and a variety of Mexican dishes.  Gifts were also raffled for the volunteers at the event.

During this Christmas season, we are grateful to our volunteers who made AAFH a success in 2016!  During this year, we reached out and touched the lives of many children and young adults with art kits and musical instruments and by doing so, we gave them hope and a bit of joy in their lives.  None of this would have been possible without the support and love from our volunteers in wanting to make a difference in the life a child facing a life-threatening disease.

Our volunteers helped in carrying out our Art Nights, Music Nights, Fundraising events, preparing and delivering Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs), Gift Recipient deliveries, and promoting the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope!

Your continued dedication and support helped us to achieve the following in 2016:

-Recruited 215 volunteers (Doubled from our first year in 2015)

-Delivered 250 Alyssa SAKs (Tripled the amount of Alyssa SAKs from our first year)

-Granted gift requests to 60 patients (6x more than last year)

-Received 40 donated musical instruments from various donors

-Held 16 Art & Music Nights at 6 different Ronald McDonald Houses(4x more than first year)

-Visited 13 medical institutions including Lurie Children's Hospital, NW Medicine Proton Center, Central DuPage Children's Hospital, Rush Children's Hospital, Advocate Children's Hospital, Comer Children's Hospital, All Children's Johns Hopkins in St. Petersburg, FL., Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL., Sunrise Children's Hospital, Las Vegas, NV., CanKids in New Delhi, Instituto Nacional de Pediatria in Mexico City, Hospital Civil de Guadalajara Viejo & Hospital Civil de Guadalajara Nuevo.

-Organized 4 Fundraisers (Same as last year)

On behalf of our Executive Officers and the Advisory Board of Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope, we thank all of you and appreciate your contributions in 2016. We look forward to bringing joy to more young adult patients in 2017 through our music and art programs and hope you will join us.  See you again soon!