Pay It Forward Day 2018

Pay It Forward Day

Join us on Monday, January 29, 2018 for our 2nd Annual Pay It Forward Day.

Pay It Forward Day is a way to remember our sweet Allison Ruth by performing a small act of kindness for someone else.  Nothing is too big or too small – buy a coffee, pay for a lunch, write a handwritten note, or spend an hour volunteering with an organization you love.

Please let us know you are thinking about us by sharing how you helped to brighten someone’s day on our Facebook event, or just let us know that you did.  And thank you for keeping our family in your thoughts on Alli’s 3rd Anniversary in Heaven.

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Thank You Friends!

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I wanted to publicly thank all of you who came out tonight to pack care packages on such short notice. Moments like tonight, where such an overwhelming amount of support appeared with hours notice, just reaffirms to me how special Allison is and what an important thing this is that we do in her memory and honor.

We packed all of our Christmas care packages in a matter of 36 minutes with this amazing group!! That has to be a record!!

These next weeks are not easy ones and tonight was a beautiful moment for the Princess Alli Foundation Family to feel loved and supported. Thank you for stepping up tonight for Alli. ♥️

-Jen

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Welcome New Followers!

Hi!  I’m Melanie – Alli’s Mom.  When we started Princess Alli Foundation in 2015 we couldn’t have imagined how blessed we would be through our Hospital Care Package Project.  Not only do we find great comfort in helping other families that have found themselves in a crisis situation, like we did, but we love knowing that our sweet girl will not be forgotten.

Welcome New Followers!

Thank you for helping to build my daughter’s legacy – we couldn’t do it without you!

Click HERE to learn how you can join us in our mission to support the families of children with illnesses in memory of Allison Ruth.

Princess Alli Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

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Happy Anniversary Princess Alli Foundation

Happy Anniversary Princess Alli Foundation

After Alli passed away in January 2015 we knew that we needed to find a way to honor her memory and help other families that were fighting for their sick children. It was one year ago this week that I presented the idea of a memorial foundation for our sweet daughter to a small group of friends and family, and we set in motion plans to begin bringing care packages to Sparrow Health System just a couple of short weeks later.

We are quickly approaching the first week of May and the anniversary of that first delivery and plan to celebrate it with the delivery of our 2,500th care package! I can hardly believe how much of an impact we have been able to have in just a year!

THANK YOU to all of you that have donated towards our care package project, our start-up fund, or our holiday campaign! THANK YOU to the crafters, the post forwarders, the FB likers, and the prayer warriors! We couldn’t have done any of this without you! Thank you for helping us build Allison’s legacy!

Happy Anniversary Princess Alli Foundation! Here’s to an exciting 2nd Year!

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Six Months in Heaven

Today is a very emotional day for us – as of today our beautiful Allison Ruth has spent six months in Heaven.  It has been a hard six months, and compared to the ten short months we had her with us it seems to have been unusually long.

We miss her.  We miss her sweet smile, her beautiful eyes, and her giggles.  We miss her cuddles and her kisses.  We miss how much she loved and cared for people.

We are so heartbroken to have lost her.  But we are soo proud!  Proud of who she was and who she taught us to be.  Proud of how she inspired us to begin the Princess Alli Foundation to help other families who, like ours, may find themselves in and out of the hospital with a medically-complex child.

Today is a hard day for us, but it is also a very good day.  Today, on our 13th trip to Lansing since we started this adventure, we delivered our 525th care package to Sparrow Hospital.  525 is HUGE, and it isn’t just a care package count, it’s a PEOPLE count.  And it’s those people that matter to us, just like they mattered to our sweet Allison.

Thank you to everyone that has helped us reach this milestone.  Every dollar, every bottle of water, bar, or pudding, every LIKE or share has made this possible.

We love you all.

The Russcher Family

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The Life My Daughter Gave Me

The life my daughter gave me is one that I had been dreaming about for as long as I can remember.

I had always wanted to do something to make a difference.  As a young girl, I wanted to be a doctor to help people.  In High School, the thought of being a lawyer focusing on women’s issues was intriguing to me.  In College, I wanted to work with a nonprofit and change the world.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan – especially plans made in Elementary School.  I settled for a good job, my High School sweetheart, a comfortable life, a wonderful church family where we could volunteer.  In my heart I knew something was missing.  On days when work was stressful or I was feeling burned out, I would get a glimpse of that dream that I had packed away.  I busied myself with daily life.  Once, pregnancy hormones flaring, I told Steve that it was too late for me to do something incredible, but the kids: they would do great things.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan – especially plans made when you’re trying to be comfortable in an average life.

On March 12, 2014 we welcomed our beautiful daughter Allison into the world.  Allison was the incredible girl that I knew she would be.  She opened my eyes to the special needs community and the struggles that families face to try to help their children get (and stay!) healthy.  She taught me how to love like I had never loved before – even when loving meant my heart would be broken.  She taught me how important it is to reach out to people and help them in their journey – through our tubie shop Team Russcher, by volunteering my time on a larger scale, and now, through the Princess Alli Foundation.

The life my daughter gave me is an incredible one.  It is my dream – and her legacy.  And I could never thank her enough for showing me how to live it.

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XO

Melanie

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Legacy of Love

Legacy of Love Princess Alli FoundationOur daughter, Allison Russcher, passed away on January 29, 2015 at the age of ten months.  In her short life, she spent almost 14 weeks inpatient between Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.  In those weeks I learned first-hand how hard it is to be at the hospital day and night to take care of a sick child while also taking care of myself.  It wasn’t uncommon to not be able to leave the bedside for adequate meals, a shower, or to wash laundry.  Services provided by charities like the Ronald McDonald House were not options for me because Allison needed me to stay with her.  With the support of local friends and family we made our inpatient time work – but it wasn’t easy.

Our family is excited to introduce the Princess Alli Foundation as a way to support the families of children with illnesses in memory of our sweet girl. Our goal this summer is to provide healthy snacks (packaged bars, fresh fruit, etc.) and maybe a treat or two to Sparrow RNICU, PEDS, and PICU families once a week as a way to help make the inpatient experience more comfortable for them.

It is our hope to expand our offerings at Sparrow by the end of summer 2015, and begin making arrangements for service to the families at DeVos this winter.  It is our vision to one day provide these services NATIONWIDE.

We are entirely committed to this project, in honor of our brave Princess Alli, and hope you will partner with us to make our vision for the Princess Alli Foundation a reality.

With much love,

Melanie

Founder and CEO

Princess Alli Foundation

 

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