An initial delivery of 25 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) to Northwestern Medicine was made on Friday, April 10, 2017 by Mary Jane Johnson-Advisory Board member & Yoli Alvin-AAFH President.

Mary Jane & Yoli met with 9 staff members from Northwestern Medicine- Stacy Sanford (PhD, CBSM Clinical Psychologist), Tim Pearman (Psychologist), Kim Fairman (Supportive Oncology Education Coordinator), Caitlyn Busche (Dietitian), Lynn Galuska Elsen (RN/Supportive Oncology), Robin Katz (Social Worker /Hematology), Sandra Manley-Eichler (Social Worker), Miki Fox (Social Worker Intern) and Stacey Rogers (Administration Coordinator).  The staff members are associated with the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program at Northwestern Medicine.  Approximately 70,000 young people between the ages of 15 - 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year.  The AYA assists adolescents and young adults take an active role in their care, to navigate the medical system as well as to understand and make decisions regarding their treatments.  

The Alyssa SAKs included journals, adult coloring books and drawing kits.  The Alyssa SAKs are available to teens and young adults between the ages of 10 and 21 who are staying at the hospital.   

We thank the staff from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago for giving us the opportunity to share Alyssa’s love of the Arts and sharing our programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope!

On Friday, April 21 – AAFH held its first quarter 2017 Board meeting at RMH in Chicago.  It was a very productive meeting and the Board members enjoyed coming downtown for the evening.  We thank the Board for all their efforts in making the AAFH organization a continuing success!