brittanyI founded the Apple a Day Program in 2011, in memory of a courageous 16 year-old girl. My friend Brittany Hamilton was the bravest person I’d ever known. We became friends in 2008 at a charity event. She was a 14 year-old bald headed badass; we hit it off right away. My goal was to show Brittany the world of music, radio, to give her access to experiences she may not otherwise have had. What I didn’t realize through the course of our friendship, was that Brittany would teach me more than I could have ever shown her.

On her 16th birthday, I sat in the hospital with this fearless teenager trapped in a hospital bed. All she wanted was to connect with her friends. I had just bought a new iPhone & thought to myself how incredible this device could be for her. Once she got out of the hospital that time around, we were off on a shopping spree to get her an iPhone of her own. I put her on my plan, my family pitched in to buy her iTunes cards, and just like that – she was SMILING again. Texting friends, listening to music, sending me cat videos. It opened up a whole new world for this girl who had become accustomed to spending her time alone in a hospital. Brittany lost her decade long battle with neuroblastoma in June of 2010, just months later. It hit us hard. A child dying of cancer will never make sense. How could I keep her memory alive?

A year later on Brittany’s birthday, April 22, 2011, I founded Apple a Day in memory of my sweet friend. Our goal: “Keep Kids Connected While Fighting Cancer.” I witnessed firsthand how life-changing this small device can be. Since launching the program, we have donated 200+ iPads to children battling cancer. It has been an honor to spend time with these children & families with the same courage that my friend Brittany had.

I think of Brittany every time we surprise a child with an iPad. I make it a point to share Brittany’s spirit which each of them. My goal has always been to bring love, laughter, and positivity to these families who endure so much. In turn, I have become so inspired by these little heroes, gained so much love, and it is a huge privilege to call them my Apple a Day family.

With love,
Jayde

Learn more about us: www.AppleADay.org

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Jayce is 2 and half and has been in treatment for Neuroblastoma since he was 6 months old. His parents have their fingers crossed that he will be all done in a year. Our fingers are crossed too! Our volunteer Alex surprised this sweet boy with her own #appleaday iPad to help him stay connected with his siblings when he's away getting treatment. That's what it's all about! Thank you to DeBartolo Family Foundation for their partnership during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth! ...

Jayce is 2 and half and has been in treatment for Neuroblastoma since he was 6 months old. His parents have their fingers crossed that he will be all done in a year. Our fingers are crossed too! Our volunteer Alex surprised this sweet boy with her own #appleaday iPad to help him stay connected with his siblings when hes away getting treatment. Thats what its all about! Thank you to DeBartolo Family Foundation for their partnership during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth!

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hey little jayce I hope this ipad will help you have fun

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This is incredible! All weekend, Pin Chasers will be donating $5 for every two hour bowling block that is purchased! #TampaBay, get in there this weekend!

Guy is 6 years old and in treatment for #Neuroblastoma. He and his family moved from California to NYC to seek treatment. This week, Our volunteers surprised him with his very own iPad from #AppleADay to keep him busy and connected while in treatment. YOU GOT THIS, GUY! πŸ’› Thank you to DeBartolo Family Foundation for partnering with us during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth! ...

Guy is 6 years old and in treatment for #Neuroblastoma. He and his family moved from California to NYC to seek treatment. This week, Our volunteers surprised him with his very own iPad from #AppleADay to keep him busy and connected while in treatment. YOU GOT THIS, GUY! πŸ’› Thank you to DeBartolo Family Foundation for partnering with us during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth!

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You’re so strong, Guy! Keep fighting!

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hi guy ! hope you enjoy your new ipad with all the games and stuff.

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Jayce is 2 and half and has been in treatment for Neuroblastoma since he was 6 months old. His parents have their fingers crossed that he will be all done in a year. Our fingers are crossed too! Our volunteer Alex surprised this sweet boy with her own #appleaday iPad to help him stay connected with his siblings when he's away getting treatment. That's what it's all about! Thank you to @DeBartoloFamilyFoundation for their partnership during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth! . . .#NYC #NJ #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #ChildhoodCancer #PediatricCancer #Charity #nonprofit #philanthropy #gogold #September #apple #ipad ...

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and it's important to recognize the families that are affected by this horrible disease. Thank you to The DeBartolo Family Foundation for their support & for helping us grant iPads to kids in treatment. Distraction and connection play a huge role in staying positive and beating cancer. . . . #Appleaday #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #september #fall #Pediatriccancer #tampa #Orlando #NYC #Florida #nonprofit #charity #philanthropy #DeBartolo #DeBartolofamilyfoundation ...

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Today, our friend @DrewGarabo made the trip over to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to deliver an #appleaday iPad to Emma! She is 14 and in treatment for Anaplastic Astrocytoma. She loves to draw, so we also made sure to include an Apple Pencil! We are so grateful to our volunteers + donors that make days like today possible! . . . #Appleaday #appleadayipad #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #Orlando #NYC #charity #Foundation #Nonprofit #501c3 #apple #ipad #applepencil #draw #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #stjosephschildrenshospital @1025thebone @Baycare ...

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Lacey is a sweet 4 year old that is being treated for Leukemia. She is so excited to start using her brand new iPad from Apple A Day to watch YouTube & play games. Unfortunately, she is unable to attend school right now, so her #AppleADay iPad will also be a great learning tool for her as well! You got this, Lacey!! . . . #Appleaday #ipad #apple #Allchildrens #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #TampabayCharity #local #localcharity #Foundation #Charity #Donations #Volunteer #ChildhoodCancer #Leukemia #BeatCancer #BeatLeukemia ...

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Jayce is 2 and half and has been in treatment for Neuroblastoma since he was 6 months old. His parents have their fingers crossed that he will be all done in a year. Our fingers are crossed too! Our volunteer Alex surprised this sweet boy with her own #appleaday iPad to help him stay connected with his siblings when he's away getting treatment. That's what it's all about! Thank you to @DeBartoloFamilyFoundation for their partnership during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth! . . .#NYC #NJ #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #ChildhoodCancer #PediatricCancer #Charity #nonprofit #philanthropy #gogold #September #apple #ipad ...

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Guy is 6 years old and in treatment for #Neuroblastoma. He and his family moved from California to NYC to seek treatment. This week, Our volunteers surprised him with his very own iPad from #AppleADay to keep him busy and connected while in treatment. YOU GOT THIS, GUY! πŸ’› Thank you to DeBartolo Family Foundation for partnering with us during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth! . . . #NYC #NJ #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #ChildhoodCancer #PediatricCancer #Charity #nonprofit #philanthropy #gogold #September #apple #ipad ...

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Lily is 3 years old + has gone through SO much treatment already for #Neuroblastoma. Chemo, radiation, surgeries, immunotherapy, you name it. BUT LOOK AT THAT SMILE ON HER FACE! Erol (owner of @Kahvebean) & Abbas surprised her with her very own #AppleADay iPad this week and she's already using it to play games and watch videos! We hope this will help those long hospitals days a little easier. πŸ’›Thanks to @DeBartoloFamilyFoundation for their support during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth! . . . #NYC #NewYork #NJ #PediatricCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancer #Coffee #KahveCoffee #KahveBean #Charity #NonProfit #Volunteers #Philanthropy #ipad #apple ...

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Once a month, we grant an iPad to a child outside of the areas the we serve that is fighting cancer. During #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth, we sent a surprise #iPad to Callie! Callie is 2 years old and in treatment for Stage 4 #Neuroblastoma. Her mom said she LOVED the iPad that she borrowed from 'Child Life' at the hospital and we think she needed one of her own πŸ’› Thank you to @DebartoloFamilyFoundation for funding iPads during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! . . . #PediatricCancerAwareness #ChildhoodCancer #NB #Tampa #NYC #NJ #Orlando #nonprofit #Charity #Foundation #501c3 #Volunteer #philanthropy #apple #iPad #Laptop ...

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Claire is 16 years old and has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She will be undergoing treatment for the next 2 years. Her mom said, "Having an ipad would allow Claire to contact her friends and do schoolwork on the iPad. It will also help Claire pass the time during her hospitalizations." We were happy to grant her an #appleaday iPad during #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth πŸ’› Thank you so much to @DeBartoloFamilyFoundation for their partnership! . . . #ALL #ChildhoodCancer #September #GoGold #NYC #NJ #Tampa #Orlando #nonprofit #charity #PediatricCancer #apple #iPad ...

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Jonathan is 9 & has leukemia. He is incredibly smart and reading at a 6th grade level! He wants to use his iPad to play Fortnite, read new books and watch YouTube. Thank you so much to our volunteer @joannepetrella for surprising him with his iPad today! All iPads during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month are in partnership with @debartolofamilyfoundation πŸ’› ...

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πŸ’₯Apple A Day Families! πŸ’₯ Here's your chance to win a trip to our NYC Superhero 5K! If a child in your family has received an iPad or laptop from Apple A Day while undergoing treatment for cancer, you're eligible! Anyone under the age of 18 in your family is encouraged to create a T-shirt design for our first ever 5K! One winning design will be on our official race T-shirt and you'll win a trip for 4 to NYC to participate in the 5K! IMPORTANT INFO: bit.ly/nyccontest5k or message us any questions! ...

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We love doing deliveries with @stpetesam from @97xonair! Roman is 7 and was just diagnosed with leukemia. He loves dogs, nerf guns and playing Fortnite. He is really excited to use his #appleaday iPad to play games, keep up with school and video chat his dog Bandit who is at home waiting for him. thank you to our friends at @debartolofamilyfoundation for funding all of our iPads during Childhood Cancer Awareness month! πŸ’› β€’ β€’ β€’ #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #debartolofamilyfoundation #cancer #ipad #apple #tampa #stpete #tampabay #september ...

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This is Remy! He just turned two and is fighting leukemia. He loves trucks, superheroes and baby shark! He needs the distraction of an #appleaday iPad during treatment to play learning games & watch Mickey Mouse... and Baby Shark, of course! Thank you to @debartolofamilyfoundation for funding all iPads in September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! πŸ’› β€’ β€’ β€’ #nonprofit #charity #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #stpete #tampa #stjosephschildrenshospital ...

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Thank you so much to @manestayhair in #StPete for their LOVE during #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth! They are donating 5% of their retail sales from the entire month + accepting donations! πŸ’‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’› β€’ β€’ β€’ #Florida #TampaBay #HairSalon #Hair #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #september #stpetersburg #dtsp #nonprofit #fundraiser #charity ...

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and it's important to recognize the families that are affected by this horrible disease. Thank you to The DeBartolo Family Foundation for their support & for helping us grant iPads to kids in treatment. Distraction and connection play a huge role in staying positive and beating cancer. . . . #Appleaday #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #september #fall #Pediatriccancer #tampa #Orlando #NYC #Florida #nonprofit #charity #philanthropy #DeBartolo #DeBartolofamilyfoundation ...

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Today, our VP @sethhatesyou surprised Ethan with an #appleaday iPad! He just began treatment for #HodgkinsLymphoma and he’s going to use his iPad to keep up with school work! You got this, Ethan!! πŸ’ͺ ...

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⭐️ Volunteer Spotlight: @berndiesel ⭐️ Bernie first reached out to Apple A Day about a year ago when he was holding an event to raise money for iPads. Now, he has raised nearly $20,000 for iPads and laptops for kids fighting cancer! Please join us in thanking Bernie for his commitment to Apple A Day & our incredible kids! ...

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Our #Orlando coordinator Michelle made a special iPad delivery to Immanuel. Immanuel lost his twin sister to a heart condition and is now fighting cancer. His mom, Brenda, has 11 kids (including triplets) and homeschools all of them. We are hoping this iPad helps the family stay connected while Immanuel battles cancer. ...

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Huge thank you to @ilritornodowntown for hosting #MidnightChefFight with Chef Rob from @noblecrust & Chef Jason from @brickandmortarkitchen! They raised $2,743.40 for Apple A Day and we are so grateful! Special thanks to our friend @chefjeffphilbin! πŸ‘πŸ» ...

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It is with VERY heavy hearts that we share that our sweet buddy Noah passed away today after a incredibly brave fight with cancer and complications from chemo. We met him in December & he was the sweetest! We are sending love to his family today and everyday. Hug your kids extra tight today ❀️ ...

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Today, our friend @DrewGarabo made the trip over to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to deliver an #appleaday iPad to Emma! She is 14 and in treatment for Anaplastic Astrocytoma. She loves to draw, so we also made sure to include an Apple Pencil! We are so grateful to our volunteers + donors that make days like today possible! . . . #Appleaday #appleadayipad #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #Orlando #NYC #charity #Foundation #Nonprofit #501c3 #apple #ipad #applepencil #draw #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness #stjosephschildrenshospital @1025thebone @Baycare ...

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Lacey is a sweet 4 year old that is being treated for Leukemia. She is so excited to start using her brand new iPad from Apple A Day to watch YouTube & play games. Unfortunately, she is unable to attend school right now, so her #AppleADay iPad will also be a great learning tool for her as well! You got this, Lacey!! . . . #Appleaday #ipad #apple #Allchildrens #Tampa #TampaBay #StPete #TampabayCharity #local #localcharity #Foundation #Charity #Donations #Volunteer #ChildhoodCancer #Leukemia #BeatCancer #BeatLeukemia ...

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