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

22 hours ago

Apple A Day Foundation

Kassiem is 7 & was just diagnosed with Leukemia 2 months ago. Today, we surprised him with his very own #appleaday iPad to keep him connected, busy and learning while in treatment! You and your sweet family GOT THIS, Kassiem! 💪 ...

Kassiem is 7 & was just diagnosed with Leukemia 2 months ago. Today, we surprised him with his very own #appleaday iPad to keep him connected, busy and learning while in treatment! You and your sweet family GOT THIS, Kassiem! 💪

 

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wow, kassiem, what a great smile - keep it up with your new ipad til you are well again !

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1 day ago

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Landen is 7 years old and in treatment for Leukemia. When we found out that he LOVES The Tampa Bay Lightning, we knew we had to call one of our favorite volunteers: Thunderbug! Thanks for making this iPad delivery extra special, T-buggy!! ⚡️#gobolts #golanden ...

 

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wow...Incredible Foundation

hey landen - have fun with your new ipad !

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This is Kinsley! She was granted an iPad from Apple A Day and now that SHE BEAT cancer, she’s paying it forward! Tomorrow, she’ll surprise a child battling cancer with an iPad with Apple A Day! Check out her #nonprofit Kinsley's Cookie Cart! 👏🏻 ...

This is Kinsley! She was granted an iPad from Apple A Day and now that SHE BEAT cancer, she’s paying it forward! Tomorrow, she’ll surprise a child battling cancer with an iPad with Apple A Day! Check out her #nonprofit Kinsleys Cookie Cart! 👏🏻

 

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This is great❤️

Thank you Apple A Day Foundation! See you tomorrow! 💕🍪🎗

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We are looking for an amazing addition to Apple A Day Foundation NYC! Program Coordinators are responsible for connecting with families of children that are fighting cancer, social workers, and donors. Program Coordinators also assist with events and fundraising efforts. If you are interested, please email Phoebe@AppleADay.Org! ...

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