ADMF hosted our 3rd annual “Because I’m Happy” 5K Run/Walk this past September and it was a HUGE success! It was a beautiful event in conjunction with the Greater Whiteland Community Day. Many runners and walkers, families, and people whom Alaina inspired participated in a course through Alaina’s hometown of Whiteland. The day consisted of the 5K, a silent auction with many wonderful baskets to bid on, a live auction with many sports tickets and packages, and a balloon release in Alaina’s honor. ADMF was truly honored to also have one of Alaina’s doctors from Riley Hospital give a short speech before the 5K. Hearing his words about what ADMF means to Riley Hospital and what caring for Alaina while she bravely battled cancer meant to him, is something Alaina’s family will always remember and cherish.
So much love and support was felt at this event and ADMF was able to raise $20,000!!! ADMF and the Day family would like to truly thank everyone who participated, donated, and helped with this event. The generosity and participation allows ADMF to give back in so many ways and we are so grateful for the continued support! We look forward to another wonderful 5K coming up on September 15, 2018.
As most of you know, Alaina spent nearly 7 months on the 5th floor of Riley Hospital during her battle with Neuroblastoma. She loved making others smile. She loved dancing and waving as she passed everyone in the hallways. She loved to spread love to everyone she came in contact with……and that is what ADMF wants to continue. ADMF visited Riley Hospital in January and donated many things in Alaina’s honor….items that Alaina used to help her through her long and difficult stays at Riley. Alaina walked the halls every day to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and ADMF donated “Happy” books written to the lyrics of the song. We couldn’t think of anything better to help spread love and joy in Alaina’s honor! ADMF also donated Melissa and Doug sticker books, Usborne books for all ages, puzzles, and ADMF 5K T-shirts to the stem cell and hematology/oncology units on the 5th floor.
Alaina got to know other children and families battling cancer while she was at Riley and ADMF wanted to help those children and families for Alaina. The members of ADMF also presented a large assortment of gift cards to local restaurants for the families and children on the 5th floor. Our hope is that these gift cards can help families to not worry about meals during their stays….. to focus on being there with their child……and know there are many people supporting them during their journeys at Riley. ADMF has more plans for giving back to Riley and we feel Alaina would be so proud knowing we are making other children smile!
ADMF plans to present three Whiteland High School students planning to study nursing or medicine with a $2,000 scholarship each this spring. Alaina developed such a special bond with her medical team during her battle, and ADMF would like to help students pursuing these fields in hopes of them finding that amazing bond with their patients. ADMF is in our 3rd year of presenting scholarships and we are so proud of the 6 recipients from our previous years. We know they are making ADMF proud!