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

Like most 2 year olds, Leylah loves Moana and Frozen. Now, Leylah has her very own iPad so she can watch those movies while she gets treatment for Germ Cell Cancer. Thanks so much to Drew R. Garabo from Drew Garabo Live for surprising her with her iPad this morning! 💛 ...

Like most 2 year olds, Leylah loves Moana and Frozen. Now, Leylah has her very own iPad so she can watch those movies while she gets treatment for Germ Cell Cancer. Thanks so much to Drew R. Garabo from Drew Garabo Live for surprising her with her iPad this morning! 💛

 

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Y'all are the best radio program in the whole state if not the whole country in my opinion y'all do so much for people that have so little and do it without wanting something in return it's amazing what y'all do keep up the good work

Beautiful

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Caleb got his applegram in the mail today! His mom said it was great timing as he was just discharged from the ER lastnight! We ❤️’d sending these #ValentinesDay Giftcards to our kids this year! We couldn’t do it without YOU. THANK YOU!! 💪🏻

& thank you again to Chef Inspired Popcorn Company + Pin Chasers!
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Caleb got his applegram in the mail today! His mom said it was great timing as he was just discharged from the ER lastnight! We ❤️’d sending these #ValentinesDay Giftcards to our kids this year! We couldn’t do it without YOU. THANK YOU!! 💪🏻

& thank you again to Chef Inspired Popcorn Company + Pin Chasers!

 

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hi caleb - hope you have fun with your applegram .

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This sweet little lady in a Moana dress is Autumn! She got her applegram in the mail for Valentine’s Day! She got it just in time for an MRI & Port Flush today. Load up that iPad with lots of fun stuff, Autumn! Thanks to Pin Chasers + Chef Inspired Popcorn Company! ...

This sweet little lady in a Moana dress is Autumn! She got her applegram in the mail for Valentine’s Day! She got it just in time for an MRI & Port Flush today. Load up that iPad with lots of fun stuff, Autumn!  Thanks to Pin Chasers + Chef Inspired Popcorn Company!

 

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Michael Michaelos 💛 our warrior princess

So beautiful 😍

hey pretty autumn,hope your applegram helps keep you happy through all your treatments

What beautiful ,happy little girl !!!!

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We wanted to make #ValentinesDay extra special for our buddy Benjamin! He is 5 years old and is expected to receive chemo for the next 3 years. We hope this new #appleaday iPad will keep him busy, connected, and distracted during that treatment! Happy Valentine’s Day, Benjamin! ...

We wanted to make #ValentinesDay extra special for our buddy Benjamin! He is 5 years old and is expected to receive chemo for the next 3 years. We hope this new #appleaday iPad will keep him busy, connected, and distracted during that treatment! Happy Valentine’s Day, Benjamin!

 

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hi ben ! we hope that ipad keeps you happy and busy during your treatments til you are well again.

That smile says it all!

Praying

I can't LOVE this enough. Thank you, Apple A Day Foundation, we love Ben.

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Mehkai was so excited about his applegram and giftcard that he slipped it right in his pocket! Happy Valentines Day to all of our #AppleADay families & supporters!! ❤️💌 ...

Mehkai was so excited about his applegram and giftcard that he slipped it right in his pocket! Happy Valentines Day to all of our #AppleADay families & supporters!! ❤️💌
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