Asher Rubio is 16 years old and lives in Romeoville, IL with his family. Asher enjoys expressing his creativity with paper crafting. He started with origami and it took off from there! He also loves scrapbooking and hand projects.

Asher was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia in February 2017 but recently relapsed. He is being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital and staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie’s (RMH).

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 I had the pleasure of meeting Asher and his mom, Martha, at the RMH. Asher is a very bright teenager and exudes confidence that he will overcome this recent setback to his health with his family’s support and the treatment he is receiving at Lurie’s. It was a joy and honor to present Asher with a Cricut Explore Air 2 in a persimmon color. The Cricut is a personal DIY cutting machine for various craft making materials. Seeing Asher’s expression and joy in receiving this small gift made my trip to RMH all the more worthwhile and heartening.

The work of AAFH, made possible by our financial supporters and volunteers, means so much to the young cancer patients. Our gifts and arts programs are intended to lift their spirits and bring them joy at a time in their lives when they’re facing life-threatening illnesses.

We are grateful for the opportunity to share Alyssa’s love of art and promote the programs offered by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope! We wish Asher all the best as he continues with his treatments and we pray for his full recovery.