Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) were delivered to the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Friday, June 1, 2018.  A total of 50 Alyssa SAKs were received by Willow Messier, the Art Therapist at the hospital.  In addition, a few ukuleles donated by Tom Stading, owner of Instrument Exchange, were received by Elizabeth Klinger, the Music Therapist at the hospital.

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.  We give young patients the opportunity to experience with different art mediums like watercolors or acrylics, drawing, coloring and journaling.  When young patients feel tired and sad due to their ongoing medical treatments at the hospital, the music from a ukulele generates positive changes in mind, body and spirit.  The change is remarkable!  The young patients with the help of music create a new path towards joy, healthiness and wholeness.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois gave a generous donation check to AAFH. and Yoli - President of Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope accepted the check on Friday, June 1, 2018.  The check was presented by BCBSIL employees: Denise Perez-Cabrera who is also the AAFH Executive Secretary and Mariana Herrera-Alfaro who is an AAFH volunteer.  Thank you BCBSIL employees for volunteering your time to events sponsored by Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope. With our sincere gratitude.  You are making a difference in a young adult patients life forever.