Last year the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) honored Fernando Ponce and Elijah Rivers.  They were courageous in battling their cancer while being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.IL. 

We are thankful that we were able to touch each of these lives if even for a brief moment to give them joy while they were with us.

Elijah Rivers submitted a request for a keyboard despite the cancer in his hands.  Elijah was a joyful 18-year-old who pursued many interests besides music.  We were able to meet his mom and sisters when we delivered the keyboard to him prior to one of his outpatient visits to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Last January 2017, Fernando Ponce, requested yarn to weave his first ever blanket.  Fernando  was very happy to receive his yarn and other materials to weave his blanket while at Lurie Children’s Hospital.  We met Fernando's grandma who was with him at Lurie's when we delivered his yarn and she was excited for him.  She had weaved a yarn purse and gave it to Yoli as a token of her appreciation for what we did for Fernando.

Our hearts remember these special gift recipients and we pray for strength for these families.

Despite our sadness, our resolve is stronger than ever to reach as many young adults as possible through the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope to give them hope and joy.