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.
As I walked into the ARVF office today, I thought about my priorities and remembered that today was set out to award Grant Applications. That may not sound exciting to you, but it is the BEST PART OF MY ‘JOB’. About once every quarter, I get to take a huge break from asking for support, to giving back. Although our volunteers spend much of our weeks packaging up Teen Kits & Bandana Pillows to ship all over the country, there is nothing like the feeling of being able to make a difference in the lives of hospitalized teens, by providing funding used for Teen Lounges, Social Activities, and Teen Kits — all of which, make the dreariness of being hospitalized a bit brighter, and hopeful. Over a thousand hospitalized teens, in 8 states, will benefit from the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation this quarter!
Fitting, that today was THAT day. Tonight is the 2nd episode of the Red Band Society (RBS). A Fox network series featuring hospitalized teens with critical illnesses. Still waiting to see how I feel about it……..so close to home, but yet, not exactly. Let me know what you think.
P.S… there’s a saying: “nothing feels as good, as being thin feels”. I’ll raise you: “nothing feels as good, as giving back feels”. So glad I felt so good today.
Wishing you good feelings.
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.