PAGE, Ariz. – When Allie Hansen was diagnosed with leukemia, she and her family made the best of a tragic situation by creating a non-profit organization to aide families facing the same diagnosis.
The new charity, Allie’s Angels, has been working with local businesses to help raise money to support families of children with cancer.
Allie’s mom, Brittany Hansen, first got the idea for the organization two days after Allie's diagnosis.
“We were overwhelmed with well wishes from people," Brittany said. "I said to Allie, ‘We have so many angles looking after you,’ and that’s how I came up with it. We wanted to start the foundation. We think it’s amazing to help other people, and Allie loved the idea.”
The Hansen family wanted to throw Allie’s Angels first big event in September, during Child Cancer Awareness month.
Brittany reached out to the athletic director at the local high school, and Page Lumber and Page Dental Center both agreed to donate $200 to Allie’s Angels for every touchdown scored during the high school's football game.
“We got together and made a bunch of posters before the game,” Brittany said. “The football team ended up scoring 11 touchdowns that night, which was just a miracle. The cheerleaders did a 'miracle minute' after the first quarter and collected money in the stands for one minute. We were just overwhelmed by the support.”
The football game was a victory in more ways than one. The Hansens had been trying for months to get the foundation up and running.
“I didn’t know how many steps there were,” Brittany said. “Thank goodness for my husband because I didn’t know you had to file and get different forms and things. I was a little surprised about all of the steps and procedures and expense at setting it up. It's definitely worth it because we have big plans for Allie’s Angles.”
Now that the non-profit is up and running, Brittany and her husband CJ have been thinking about the concrete ways they want to help other families going through the same trials. One of the main goals of the organization is to make their donations unique to Allie’s situation. When Allie was first diagnosed, she was terrified. She had to take several different kinds of medicine, and had to change her chemotherapy after she had an allergic reaction to the initial dosage.
“The replacement chemo she had to get six times the dosage for each dosage of the old chemo. She was saying things like, ‘Mommy please don’t let them do this to me!’ We were all crying. At one point, my dad said it was more than he could handle,” Brittany said.
However, Brittany had the idea of bringing Allie’s best friend to chemotherapy to hold her hand while she underwent treatment. From that point forward, Allie was able to handle the treatment.
"Shopping is something Allie has always loved to do. So [Allie’s Angels] want to provide a BFF shopping day for kids with cancer.”
The Hansens also hope to help families receive more reliable transportation back and forth from treatment. Being from Page, the Hansens have to drive to Phoenix for Allie’s treatments – sometimes as many times as three trips a week.
Although Allie’s journey is far from over, and the non-profit is just getting started, Brittany is confident that Allie will be able to help lots of other families.
“Allie is a really strong person. She was been more worried about how other people are doing than her. She has even said ‘I just wish I could take all the cancer in the world for myself.’”
The Hansen family is very excited for what Allie’s Angels has in store, and is grateful for the support from their community.
Those interested in following the rest of Allie’s journey can do so by following her Facebook page, Allie’s Angels #fightlikeagirl, and those would like to contribute to the foundation can do so through PayPal by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.