The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) met Paris on the 2nd floor of Lurie Children’s Hospital before her scheduled appointment on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Paris is 12 years old, lives on the north side of Chicago with her family and is about to begin 6th grade this school year. Two years ago, Paris was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Paris likes to draw, paint and build things with clay. She works with the hospital’s Art Therapist, Willow Messier, when she is at Lurie for her treatments. Willow told Paris about AAFH and had her submit a gift request. Paris asked for and received a variety of paints, paint brushes and wells, acrylic/watercolor paper, magic modern clay and clay tools. Paris is a happy girl with the desire to continue drawing, painting and creating with her clay materials.
It means so much to be able to honor the requests of young cancer patients because we strive to lift their spirits and provide a creative outlet for them to continue enjoying life while facing life-threatening illnesses.
We remember Alyssa’s passions for art and music and the healing power of creativity and self-expression during this challenging period of their life. We wish Paris all the best and good luck with her treatment and school year!