University of Chicago Medicine

First delivery of Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) was made to University of Chicago Medicine on Friday, April 7, 2017 by Mary Jane Johnson-Advisory Board member & Yoli Alvin-AAFH President.

We met with Sarah Sciortino who is with the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program at the University of Chicago Medicine.  Sarah took delivery of the SAKs on behalf of the AYA.  The goal of the AYA is to enable its teen and young adult patients to take an active role in their care and feel engaged during every step of their healthcare journey.  Click HERE for additional information on AYA.

Comer Children’s

We initially delivered Alyssa SAKs in August 2016 to Amy Carter-Childlife Specialist at Comer Children’s Hospital.  Amy introduced us to Yasuko Yoshihara, a registered Art Therapist, who has been with Comer for 14 years.  We were also introduced to Caroline Lindberg who is a resident of Geneva, IL and who graduated from Geneva High School just as Alyssa did.

Each hospital received 25 Alyssa SAKs which included journals, teen age appropriate coloring books and drawing kits.  The Alyssa SAKs will be available to teens and young adults between the ages of 10 and 21 being treated at the two hospitals.

We thank Sarah from University of Chicago Medicine and Amy from Comer Children’s for giving us the opportunity to share Alyssa’s love of music with patients at these hospitals and promoting the art and music programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope!