Alesia at RMH March 2014

Alesia at RMH March 2014

Alesia’s 2014 Evening of Inspiration

Alesia’s 2014 Evening of Inspiration: Annual benefit raising donations for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and thanking those who have generously given to the Alesia Shute Foundation

May 2013 Ronald McDonald House visit

Alesia and her volunteers spread love and hope during their visit to the Ronald McDonald house.

Alesia’s 2013 Evening of Inspiration

Alesia’s 2013 Evening of Inspiration: Annual benefit raising donations for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and thanking those who have generously given to the Alesia Shute Foundation

Alesia’s 2012 Evening of Inspiration

Alesia’s 2012 Evening of Inspiration: Annual benefit raising donations for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and thanking those who have generously given to the Alesia Shute Foundation

September 11th, 2011- Comic Book release party

Comic Book Release Party: Alesia and friends celebrated the release of Everything’s Okay: The Comic

Dinner at the Ronald McDonald House – Camden, NJ

Dinner at Ronald McDonald House, Camden NJ: Alesia and volunteers spent the evening with families at the Ronald McDonald House, preparing them dinner and sharing hope.

Thanks to Donna Connor Photography! http://www.photoface.com/

Cocktail Party Benefit, 2010

Cocktail Party Benefit, 2010: The Alesia Shute Foundation’s fundraiser raised funds to be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Thanks to Donna Connor Photography! http://www.photoface.com/

Ronald McDonald House – Philadelphia

Ronald McDonald House Philadelphia: Alesia visited the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia where many families from CHOP spend time while their children are receiving treatment.

Hometown Hero Awards Dinner

Hometown Hero Awards Dinner: Alesia was recognized as a Hometown Hero for 2010 and was honored at this awards dinner.

Ronald McDonald House Photos

Ronald McDonald House Photos: Alesia often visits area Ronald McDonald Houses, sharing words of encouragement and hope with the families and gifting copies of her book.

The Dream Foundation – Book Signing

The Dream Foundation Event: Alesia was honored to be a part of this event in which she spoke and shared her story with guests and signed copies of her book.

Hard Rock Book Signing

Hard Rock Book Signing: Alesia shared her book with guests of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel.
Women’s Expo & Baby Fair: Alesia showcased her book and shared her message with visitors to the Women’s Expo & Baby Fair 2009.

Women’s Expo and Baby Fair

Hard Rock Book Signing: Alesia shared her book with guests of the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel.
Women’s Expo & Baby Fair: Alesia showcased her book and shared her message with visitors to the Women’s Expo & Baby Fair 2009.

Keynote Speech at Atlanti Care

Keynote Speech at AtlantiCare: Alesia was the Keynote speaker for the AtlantiCare luncheon, in which she spoke to the audience and signed copies of her book.

How to Keep it Together

October 1, 2010

The Tipping Point – How To Keep It Together When You’re at the Edge Over the course of my 40-plus years, I have been at the edge many times. As a child who battled cancer, I didn’t exactly know I was trying so hard to keep it together, but there certainly were times when I just wanted to give up fighting and simply be a “normal” kid. As a cancer survivor who continued to have trouble and trauma well into my 20s and 30s, I now know how close to the edge I can get and can only imagine how my parents felt taking care of me as a child. But in situations like mine—and that of my parents—we had two choices: to either keep it together—or not. It’s that simple. Amazingly, when you keep it together, you project a positive vibe that people want to be around. When you “lose it” (so to speak) and constantly drone on about all the trouble in your life (whether you or someone you are caring for is sick or not), you push people away. Taking on life with a glass half-full perspective is much more rewarding then bringing yourself—and others—down with a half-empty outlook. Click here to read Alesia’s Entire Article!

Family Time – Small activities done together make a big impact, even when you’re caring for a sick child.

July 06, 2010

Alesia Shute It’s hard to create genuine family time when you’re caring for a sick child. Between weekly visits to the doctor, scheduled treatments at the hospital, and unforeseen emergencies that inevitably crop up, adding a “family play date” to the calendar almost seems laughable. But it doesn’t have to be—nor should it be. Click here to read Alesia’s Entire Article!

Multi-Tasking – Why Women Were Born To Do It, Even During Our Sickest Times

June 23, 2010

Alesia Shute The other day I saw a fantastic photo online as part of a story on multi-tasking. It was in a “plush” bathroom, and the toilet had a black leather seat and back to it. Surrounding the toilet was a computer monitor and keyboard, phone, fax machine, and other electronic gadgets. Obviously, a picture of multi-tasking at its finest! The picture got me thinking about all of the multi-tasking that we women do in our daily lives, and how many times we do it inertly. It’s not something we learned by taking a course on or reading a manual. It’s just something we do—and sometimes take for granted the fact that it does come naturally. Click here to read Alesia’s Entire Article!

Letting Go – Knowing When to Be in Control and Accepting that Sometimes It’s Out of Your Hands

June 14, 2010

Alesia Shute As I battled through colon cancer as a child, I didn’t have any responsibilities. I wanted to be a “normal” kid, and my parents took care of the tough stuff. I endured the surgeries and the hospital visits and then went back to being a kid. But when I landed in the hospital as an adult, with a two-year-old son and a husband who relied on me and with businesses to run, life was different. I always fought as hard as I could to control as much as I could; however, for nearly seven weeks, I had no control over the things I loved and cared about most. Click Here to Read Alesia’s Entire Article!

Getting Past the Worry – Will I pass my childhood illness on to my unborn child?

May 27, 2010

Alesia Shute When I found out I was pregnant, I was in shock. After all, my husband and I had been talking about the pros and cons of having a child and what risks we would be taking with my health. Although the doctors said they could find no reason I couldn’t have a baby, they also said there were some things we wouldn’t know about the pregnancy until I was actually pregnant. We had nearly written off the hope of having a biological child, and we began to consider adoption. And then the stick read pink. And so did the second. And just to be sure, I went and had blood work done to confirm that yes, I was indeed pregnant with my first child… Click Here to Read Alesia’s Entire Article!

Pet Therapy – Why the furry friends help kids during illness and treatment

May 19, 2010

Alesia Shute Recently, the New York Times reported that the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, is looking to study whether or not animals can have a positive effect on sick kids.

According to the article, dozens of volunteers regularly take their dogs to visit patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Southern California because children being treated for serious illnesses often have the blues, anxiety, or depression. “The dogs brighten them up,” said Emily Grankowski, who oversees the pet therapy program at the hospital… Click Here to Read Alesia’s Entire Article!

Your Sick Child Wants to Feel Normal – Here’s How to Help Them

May 3, 2010

Alesia Shute At age seven, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. A scary reality hit my parents like a ton of bricks. How are we going to protect our baby girl? What types of walls or shelter do we need to create so that she can survive this cancer and be well again? I can only imagine the thoughts that went through my parents’ minds as I endured six major surgeries throughout my childhood years—and then several minor ones decades after the cancer had been removed. They were going to build a fort to protect me. And until I was healthy again, they wouldn’t let anything else or anyone else harm me. Click Here to Read Alesia’s Entire Article

Dealing with Childhood Illness: How online support through social networking sites provides relief in the middle of the night

April 27, 2010

Alesia Shute According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 10,000 children under the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer in 2007, making it the deadliest disease among U.S. children in that age group.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer at age seven and spent most of my childhood in and out of hospitals, enduring six major surgeries and several minor ones decades after the cancer was in remission. If you are reading this article because your child has been diagnosed with a similarly devastating disease, then you are aware of the startling statistics. Every day, you hope that doctors will find a cause and a cure. Caregiving has taken over your life and that of your family’s. And although you are not alone in your plight, you probably feel like you are. Click Here to Read Alesia’s Entire Article

Dealing with Childhood Illness – 7 Ways to Invite Hope into a Seemingly Hopeless Situation

April 20, 2010

Alesia Shute Every year, thousands of children are diagnosed with catastrophic illnesses—illnesses that affect not only them, but the entire family. I would know: When I was seven years old, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was, and still is, a very rare disease for someone that age. I spent most of the next several years in the hospital, and endured six major surgeries and several minor ones—even decades after the cancer was in remission… To read the rest of Alesia’s article, click here.