We are saddened by the news that one of our gift recipients, Lexi B., passed away last week.  She was a sweet and beautiful 17-year-old.  Lexi also had leukemia just like our precious daughter, Alyssa.  Lexi and Alyssa met at Lurie Children’s Hospital when they were both going through their chemo treatments and experiencing complications as a result of the treatments.  When we started Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope, we reached out to other patients of Alyssa’s age to inform them of our mission to bring teens and young adults joy and hope through music and art.  Lexi’s Mom, Jen, received one of our marketing flyers at Lurie Children’s Hospital and contacted us to inform us that Lexi would love to get a professional art package.

We were honored to give Lexi the professional art package in May, 2015.  Thereafter, Lexi created a variety of art pieces.  For the AAFH 1st Art Exhibit, Lexi donated two of her art pieces- Lexi’s Rose and the Cheetah which were auctioned off in October, 2015!      

We attended Lexi’s funeral visitation and as we were waiting in line, we noticed Lexi’s art was displayed on a couple tables.  It was a great feeling to know that even when Lexi was going through her struggles with her leukemia, she was able to create something beautiful and use vibrant colors to show her beauty from the inside out.  Lexi was able to express herself through art and leave us with her amazing art work.

We pray for Lexi’s parents as they mourn the loss of their daughter.  We also pray that Lexi’s memories give them strength, love and peace.  Love will always keep them connected.

Lexi and Jen will always be a part of the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope family.  May our sweet and beautiful Lexi be blessed with eternal life in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and may we always carry her memory with us for the rest of our lives.