The Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) held an Art and Music Night at the RMH near Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL on Saturday, April 13, 2019. We brought art materials and percussion instruments for the patients and their family members to enjoy.

AAFH donated 50 Alyssa Starter Art Kits (SAKs) of various types including journals, drawing kits, coloring and painting (acrylic & watercolor) kits. April Hudson-Director of RMH was happy to receive the Alyssa SAKs from us as they are very popular with the young patients staying there.

Several family members came to our activity table and were happy to try some of the percussion instruments. They also were happy to receive one of the Alyssa SAKs. Many of them told us how they enjoy music and drawing art.

This event was also special in that we enjoyed the company of Dr. Martha Juarez and her daughter, Nayeli, and son, Hugo, who came in all the way from Guadalajara, Mexico. We met Dr. Martha and her family 4 years ago when Yoli-AAFH President, made a delivery of SAKs for the first time to Hospital Civil – Fray Antonio Alcalde in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since then, Dr. Martha has embraced the mission of AAFH and has become part of our extended family. She continues the Foundation’s work through her own initiative, and we are proud to bring her on as an AAFH Board Member.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to spread and encourage the joy of art and music that Alyssa had to other children and young adults wherever possible!