Ally's Awesome Causes
Ally's Initiatives and Favorite Causes
The Ally Project
"Because every child needs an Ally." One of the causes dearest to Ally was one she actually inspired that merged her dream of some day being a teacher with helping other kids who were battling cancer. From this came The Ally Project - a partnership between Olathe East High School's Future Educators Academy and the Kauffman Foundation - created in honor of Ally.
It's mission is to let future educators help children who are hospitalized and fighting cancer. These future educators come to Children's Mercy and read to kids, help tutor them and help them continue to learn as they are unable to be at school in a traditional setting. Kids helping kids.
Future Educators of America
Ally always wanted to be a superhero - that's why she decided to become a teacher!
As a student at Olathe East, Ally was very involved in the FEA. She even mentored new FEA members. FEA also allowed Ally the opportunity to create a program through the Ally Project that paired Future Educators with children who are hospitalized.
More FEA information and links to come!
Ally's life-long friend Katelyn who Ally mentored in FEA
Head for the Cure
The Ally League really began to take form before the 2019 Head for the Cure walk. Friends following Ally's journey, near and far, via a private Facebook page Ally's mom created, began coining ourselves as the Ally League. The name took and we created Ally League shirts for Ally's amazing tribe to wear for the Head for the Cure walk.
The Ally League was also our team name for Head for the Cure.
Saint Andrew Youth Group surrounding Ally in their
Ally League attire for the 2019 Head for the Cure 5K
The 2019 Head for the Cure 5K got rained out - but not before we captured photos of nearly 100 Ally Leaguers with their Ally League shirts! Our team received the "Largest Team" award and Ally was recognized for her brave battle against glioblastoma brain cancer.
This year's Head for the Cure 5K is on August 30, 2020 (a Virtual 5K due to COVID-19). Our team has raised $2,362 and is in third place. To donate to Head for the Cure via the Ally League, go to:
Saint Andrew Christian Church Youth Group
Ally's mom talks about Ally's love for her church. How Ally grew up in the church. The church and the people within the church meant so much to Ally, especially the SACC Youth Group. Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, Kansas has also provided constant love, prayers and support for Ally and her family during her battle against cancer. The Youth Group was no exception. Through her entire battle, these kids were there and continue to be.
From mission trips and camp at Tall Oaks to Sunday school and simply hanging out, these kids were Ally's tribe. We have included them as one of Ally's Causes because we occasionally do fundraisers for this group of kids - to help with their outreach, worship, mission trips and more. Learn more about SACC Youth Group and Services at https://sacchome.org/youth/
ABOVE: Ally, center stage and arms up (no surprise), with her SACC buddies.
LEFT: Ally with SACC Youth Group friends Jackson and Jack.
Ally posing with Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez for the 2019 Braden's Hope Calendar.
In this home, EVERY month is December 2019!
Other Great Causes that Ally Loved
When you're diagnosed with glioblastoma, it's easy to feel like the underdog. And Ally was a champion of the underdog. If something was wrong, she fought to right it. If someone needed help, even when cancer was weakening her, she kept fighting to help others. The first to speak up against injustice. The first to support equality. The first to shout "GIRL POWER!" It's no surprise that Ally had multiple causes near and dear to her heart. Here are a few more causes that she supported, participated in and believed in...
Ronald McDonald House
Braden's Hope - www.bradenshope.org
Couture For Cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society - https://www.ksnt.com/news/photo-gallery/couture-for-cancer-celebrates-cancer-survivors/