On Friday, January 19th, Alexis an 11-year-old was surprised by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Upon entering her room on the 21st floor, Alexis greeted us with a big smile when she saw the white ukulele we were carrying. She was filled with joy and happiness in anticipation of playing her new instrument. The photos below show Alexis’ excitement with her new ukulele. Alexis’ Dad, Rick, was with her when we visited her.
Last October 2017, Alexis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Alexis lives in Chicago’s north side and is in the 6th grade. She has always wanted to play the ukulele ever since her teacher would play one in her classroom. Alexis is shy but she wants to learn how to play the ukulele. Her mom, Sandy, told us that giving Alexis a ukulele would be a great distraction for her during treatment. She is home schooled for now as she continues her chemo treatments. Once she is fever free, Alexis will be going back home again.
The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope was created to give hope and provide outlets for creative expression through art and music for young patients dealing with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. As one can see, Alyssa’s inspiration continues to bring our gift recipients a bit of joy in her memory.