ARVF has made incredible strides to enhance the lives of young people facing life threatening illness. I have not been involved in an official capacity for several years, but this organization has been close to my heart since it was founded. I have previously served as a volunteer, event co-chair, and a youth advisory board member in the early years of the organization. ARVF creates amazing youth friendly spaces for respite across the country and beyond, all with a dedicated barebones team.
The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation does an incredible job identifying and giving to this under served population. This organization touches the lives of not only critically ill teens but also their families, caregivers and friends. Creating a space inside a hospital for teens to gather and identify with one another is proven to help promote healing, and also reduce anxiety related to treatment. This foundation does an outstanding job of giving just enough to as many hospitals as they can.