I have been impressed by the Isaiah Alonso Foundation. Although I have not been personally impacted by childhood cancer, I followed the wonderful work this group was doing for several months before becoming involved with their work. Childhood Cancer impacts families, parents, brothers, sisters and the children themselves. The Isaiah Alonso Foundation is there helping. They help raise awareness of childhood cancer, they help provide for the day to day essentials and provide a bit of comfort whenever possible. Many of the volunteers in this group have fought the childhood cancer battle and are turning their experiences into positive action for others.
As the mother of a pediatric cancer patient I know how stressful and expensive it can be to take care of a sick child. Following my daughter's death, I wanted to do something to help other families in the same position I had been in. The Isaiah Alonso Foundation provided me with both a way to help other patients and to raise awareness of the lack of funding for Childhood Cancers. Working for the foundation has been a fun and rewarding experience for me and the foundation board members have made me feel welcome and needed.
As a volunteer and board member, I see the difference we make for families fighting childhood cancer daily. We provide financial support to families and it makes a huge impact on those families struggling to pay their bills while doing all they can to help their sick children. In addition, the family gift bag program is wonderful and a big help to especially those who are in the hospital and weren't expecting to be inpatient. I also love the fact that it is an all volunteer charity and no one involved takes any salary.
I volunteered for the ARMHC gift bag drive in Georgia. Those bags were amazing and included gift cards, snacks, toiletries, toys, books, games, blankets, etc. We ended up with enough bags so each family staying at both houses got a nice gift bag. I was so happy to play a small part in making a difference for those dealing with serious childhood illnesses. I hope they do it again next year because I will be first in line to sign up and volunteer! Keep up the great work, IAF!
I became involved in Isaiah's foundation the night I took a walk with his Mom, Cheryl. Isaiah was a student in my school, a regular little boy with a great personality. Although he wasn't one of my students, I often visited his classroom and grew to know him in that setting. Great student, real personable, very popular with his teacher and his classmates. His passing was a tremendous shock to all of us, his former teacher left the building immediately, in tears. Talking with his Mom months later made me aware of the immense toll that childhood cancer has taken on our children. The foundation not only educates and raises awareness, it helps families who are dealing with this devastating diagnosis, both emotionally and financially. The Isaiah Alonso Foundation touches so many lives. It has cemented our military community, and made me a more compassionate educator. It is a priviledge to be associated with the Isaiah Alonso Foundation!
I am blessed with having known Isaiah, as the family lives across the street from me. When this tragic event took hold over the family and community the family rose above through the birth of the Isaish Alonso Foundation. Like a Pheonix, through fire there is rebirth, however painful, the foundation has found ways to help ease the pain of other family's that suffer in the same manner they did. A few times a year we come together in Isaiah's honor to return to the hospital and bring a moments joy to it's "temporary" residents through toy drives. Throughout the year a booth can be found at nearly ever local community event to help bring awareness, chapters have been set up in other states, the foundation is growing! The organizations ultimate purpose to is stop cancer, until then we will be there to help families that are walking through fire. I support the Isaiah Alonso foundation.
As a personal friend to Isaiah's mother, I think it is a beautiful thing that the foundation is doing. They help other parens with children fighting cancer. They chose not to close themselves off from the world after Isaiah's death, but rather to open themselves up and say "We know your pain and we are here to help...even if its just a little". The foudation is such a wonderful, selfless charity.
They are awesome! Isaiah would be proud of his parents and all who are supporting this organization!
I have donated and volunteered for this non profit. I am so inspired by not only the story that started this, but the heartfelt caring that goes into everything they do. These are people who could not be more motivated to not only help on a local level in direct donations to families in need, but also in the bigger picture, that is spreading awareness about childhood cancer.
Every day there are posts to help at all levels and messages that inspire, and help raise awareness.
I myself had no idea how bad and how many people were touched by this terrible disease. With the foundation's help, I am made aware every day of the need for help, where to help, and how to best
utilize my personal ability to help.