Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAK) were delivered on the following dates to Loyola Medical Center, Advocate Children’s Hospital & Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.


May 24, 2016 - Mary Jane Johnson, AAFH Board Member visited the Loyola Medical Center (LMC) in Maywood, IL and delivered 10 Alyssa SAKs. Mary Jane met Megan, the ChildLife Coordinator, who told her she has 20 volunteers and an intern assisting with the music and art programs at LMC.  Megan and staff were thrilled with the art kits and excited about the AAFH programs.

June 1, 2016 - Mary Jane Johnson, AAFH Board Member and Yoli Alvin, AAFH President, visited the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL and met six of the staff members: Elisabeth Bombell, Mary Butler, Danielle Eichner, Yoona Hannigan, Molly LoPiccolo & Julie Przeslicke.  A brief presentation on the programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope was given to the Advocate Children’s staff.  We shared stories of the Gift Recipients, donated musical instruments and delivered Alyssa SAKs for the teens and young adults being treated with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

June 7, 2016 – A second visit to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, FL.  The Guerrero family: Ricardo, Adrienne, Victor, Alexis, Olivia and Katherine delivered more of Alyssa Starter Art Kits to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children since they had run out of the art kits delivered to them in April 2016.  Alyssa SAKs are a big success with the teens and young adults there and they want more!

We thank everyone who is making it possible to continue preparing the art kits for more teens and young adults.  It is an honor to be able to bring a bit of joy and hope into the lives of these young cancer patients!