Lestly Edwards is an 8 year-old girl from Indianapolis, IN staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield, IL. She relapsed in June 2015 with mycoepidermoid carcinoma and is being treated at the Chicago Proton Center in Warrenville, IL.

Lestly loves to sing songs she hears from the radio or on TV even if she doesn’t know the words well.  Lestly participated in all the arts and crafts events held at the RMH in Winfield but, did I say this already, she really loves to sing songs!

So Lestly expressed her interest in a gift from the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope which turned out to be a Karaoke machine!  On May 18, 2016, Marianne (AAFH Board Member) and Yoli (AAFH President) delivered to Lestly the Karaoke machine and a set of pink Sony headphones.  Lestly can now sing to her heart’s content to herself or with anyone else who wants to join in on the fun!

We surprised Lestly who was joined by her siblings and parents: K'Yatta Spencer, Bernard Spencer, Zelmesha Edwards, Bennie Spencer, Lestly Spencer and Michael Stringfellow.  Lestly was really happy and gave us big hugs of joy! 

Michael surprised Yoli by presenting her with a 9x12 art piece he created after being inspired by Alyssa's Foundation.  Michael is happy to contribute his art for our annual art exhibit! 

We are very glad to have been able to meet Lestly and bring her a bit of joy in her life as she returns back home.  We wish her and her family only the best.