On Saturday, August 17th, Yoli – AAFH President, delivered an acoustic guitar to Ashton at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Ashton was there with his parents and 2-year-old sister while he was receiving an infusion treatment.

Ashton is a 15-year-old student from Plymouth, IN, about 2-hour drive from downtown Chicago. He already plays clarinet with his school marching band and would like to learn how to play guitar also. He is the oldest of five children.

On the day of our visit, Ashton was clearly having a tough day with his eyes closed and head on the pillow during the visit. He was able to sit up briefly and smile upon receiving his new guitar. We are reminded of the physical and mental pain and strain that comes along with so many of these illnesses for the children and families we serve through AAFH.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Ashton and his family. We also send our gratitude to the nurses, therapists, doctors and all the medical staff who treat the patients. Anne, one of the nurses who cared for Alyssa when she was in-patient, remembered Yoli and shared moments of Alyssa’s stay at Lurie’s.

Thanks go out to all our friends and supporters of AAFH who keep Alyssa’s legacy of love for music and art alive in carrying out our foundation’s mission and in fulfilling our vision helping young patients enjoy life while in treatment for life threatening illnesses.