On Wednesday, November 15th, Denise - Executive Secretary and Yoli – President of Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope delivered to Mitch his new Bose SoundLink II wireless around the ear headphones.

Yoli met Linda, Mitch’s mom, during a RMH delivery of Alyssa Starter Art Kits, where Linda learned about the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope.  Mitch and Linda live in Ohio with their family, however, Mitch has been inpatient at University of Chicago Medicine since May 2017 with a chronic issue.  Mitch was diagnosed with a tethered spinal cord in 2008 and has required several surgeries and experienced many complications with long hospital stays over the last several years.  This May, Mitch’s condition declined and he needed yet another surgery.  He presently remains in the hospital recovering from his last surgery.  At this time, it is not known when Mitch will be released. 

Prior to Mitch’s surgery, he was an avid cyclist.  He enjoys listening to classic rock music and watching movies while at the hospital.  Being in an isolated hospital room and without family and friends can be quite stressful.  It is a pleasure to honor Mitch with his wireless headphone set so he can listen to his music without having to be connected by a cord.  Linda said, “the gift from Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope would be very meaningful as Mitch’s days are often long.” 

While we were with Mitch in his hospital room, he opened his headphones and tried them on.  He was very happy and appreciative of his gift.

We are grateful to honor the gift request of Mitch and other young adult patients in Alyssa’s memory.