The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation (ARVF) is a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization. ARVF provides activities, programs and events that enhance the quality of life for teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception, ARVF has successfully partnered with 99 children’s hospitals in 37 states throughout the country, funding 62 Teen Lounges and providing over 12,000 Teen Kits to critically-ill children.
In Washington, D.C. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating the third week in January as “Teen Cancer Awareness Week” to promote awareness of the unique medical and social needs of teens with cancer. It was initiated in order to promote cancer awareness and understanding of the unique needs of teens that look different because of their treatments. Beginning on Martin Luther King Day of Service, volunteers locally, and throughout the country show their support by having Bandana Days, sewing pillows, or putting together Teen Kits to ship to over 90 children’s hospitals! To learn more about how your school can show support during TCAW, go to Get Involved.
ARVF works on a national level to bring hope, comfort, and happiness to hospitalized teens. To do this ARVF provides the Victorious-4-Teens Programs:
ARVF funds Teen Lounges in children’s hospitals designed to enhance the quality of life for adolescents undergoing in-patient treatment. A Teen Lounge is a special place designed to help patients take a welcome break from their treatment and a way to meet others their age. Teen Lounges include board games, computers, big screen TV’s, pool tables, gaming systems, age-appropriate furnishings and much more.
ARVF funds special social events such as: Bingo Nights, Teen Proms, Pizza Parties and other creative in-hospital activities for teens. These activities help encourage patients to escape the isolation of their patient rooms and gives hospitalized adolescents the ability to socialize with other teen patients that are dealing with the same struggles.
Teen Kits are a unique amenity provided to any adolescent (ages 13 & up) who is hospitalized for any critical & life-threatening condition. The cinch bags are filled with over 12 items to entertain their in-patient stay. The kit also includes a comfortable and fun Bandana Pillow for their bed and for them to take home as well.