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.
So, coming off of watching a very anticipated premier of the newest fall series on Fox network, The Red Band Society. Got to say, I really don’t know how I feel about it. Hard to be objective, when you are a parent of a teen who ‘lived’ at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and saw first-hand what it looked like. However, I was not my daughter Alicia, then age 16, and so, cannot really know what was in her head, or how she was really feeling. My synopsis: the characters are interesting; the setting truly ‘Hollywood’; the acting superb; and the audience way too young for me, ha! However, when it comes to “how did it make me feel?”, I’ve got to say, I’m feeling very conflicted.
Does it create awareness? Does it elude compassion? Does it glamorize the hospital stay? Does it detract too much the reality of the experience? WHO does the series speak to?
I would love YOUR views on the subject. If you missed it, log on to: www.fox.com/red-band-society/ for a glimpse.
Will be waiting for next weeks episode to see if my feelings unravel a bit.
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.