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

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Teagin’s mom reached out today to let us know that she responded VERY well to recent treatment! We are so happy to hear that and to SEE how much she loves her #appleaday iPad! GO TEAGIN!!! 👏🏻 ...

Teagin’s mom reached out today to let us know that she responded VERY well to recent treatment! We are so happy to hear that and to SEE how much she loves her #appleaday iPad! GO TEAGIN!!! 👏🏻

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Meet Maddy! She is an active 12 year old who loves to swim, play softball & volleyball and do crafts. She is heading into 8th grade and will be using her #appleaday iPad & Apple Pencil to stay in touch with her friends & family while she is hospitalized during treatment. You got this Maddy! 💪 ...

Meet Maddy! She is an active 12 year old who loves to swim, play softball & volleyball and do crafts. She is heading into 8th grade and will be using her #appleaday iPad & Apple Pencil to stay in touch with her friends & family while she is hospitalized during treatment. You got this Maddy! 💪

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Enjoy your iPad!!! Hope 8th grade is fun and exciting! My daughter Maggie is a warrior and going into 8th 💜

God bless Maddy !!! 💪💪💪

what a gorgeous smile maddy, hope this ipad & pencil will keep you in touch with everyone til you are well again !

You’re so strong! We are sending you all the best.

You got this Maddy!! 💪🏼💪🏼

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Tyson just turned 13 two days ago. He should be starting school this week. Instead he’s in the hospital fighting Leukemia. We brought him an #appleaday iPad, an Apple Pencil, iTunes giftcard, and beats headphones today. We hope it all helps him stay connected with school & friends while kicking cancer’s butt!

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Tyson just turned 13 two days ago. He should be starting school this week. Instead he’s in the hospital fighting Leukemia. We brought him an #appleaday iPad, an Apple Pencil, iTunes giftcard, and beats headphones today. We hope it all helps him stay connected with school & friends while kicking cancer’s butt! 

Appleaday.org ❤️

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hey Tyson - hope all those apple gifts help you keep up with school til you are well enough to go back in person. have fun with the games too.

We appreciate all that you do! Thanks for stopping by and brightening Tyson's morning! 💛

Kick it’s butt Tyson ❤️🤙🏼

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We love getting notes like this from our Apple A Day families! 

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This is Melani! She is 10 & receiving treatment for #Osteosarcoma. She’s looking forward to using her new #appleaday iPad to stay in touch with friends, keep herself busy, and do schoolwork since she isn’t able to attend this semester. Stay strong, Melani! 💪 ...

This is Melani! She is 10 & receiving treatment for #Osteosarcoma. She’s looking forward to using her new #appleaday iPad to stay in touch with friends, keep herself busy, and do schoolwork since she isn’t able to attend this semester. Stay strong, Melani! 💪

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Melani, you’re such a strong young lady!

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Teagin’s mom reached out today to let us know that she responded VERY well to recent treatment! We are so happy to hear that and to SEE how much she loves her #appleaday iPad! GO TEAGIN!!! 👏🏻 • • • #appleaday #appleadayipad #ipad #apple #foundation #charity #nonprofit #tampa #tampabay #stpete #NYC #NewYorkCity #pediatriccancer #pediatriccancerawareness #childhoodcancer ...

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Meet Maddy! She is an active 12 year old who loves to swim, play softball & volleyball and do crafts. She is heading into 8th grade and will be using her #appleaday iPad & Apple Pencil to stay in touch with her friends & family while she is hospitalized during treatment. You got this, Maddy! 🙌🏻 • • • #appleaday #appleadayipad #ipad #apple #foundation #charity #nonprofit #tampa #tampabay #stpete #NYC #NewYorkCity #pediatriccancer #pediatriccancerawareness #childhoodcancer ...

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Tyson just turned 13 two days ago. He should be starting school this week. Instead he’s in the hospital fighting Leukemia. We brought him an #appleaday iPad, an Apple Pencil, iTunes giftcard, and @beatsbydre headphones today. We hope it all helps him stay connected with school & friends while kicking cancer’s butt! • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #allchildrens #nonprofit #volunteer #donate #leukemia #beats #tampa #StPete #Orlando #NewYorkCity #NYC #charity #instagood ...

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This is Melani! She is 10 & receiving treatment for #Osteosarcoma. She’s looking forward to using her new #appleaday iPad to stay in touch with friends, keep herself busy, and do schoolwork since she isn’t able to attend this semester. Stay strong, Melani! 💪 • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #childhoodcancer #tampa #newyork #nyc #orlando #charity #nonprofit #fundraising #foundation #stpete ...

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Daniel is 8 years old & in a fight with pediatric cancer. He’s currently staying at @rmhnewyork for treatment and we sent him a special surprise in the mail. Daniel wants to be a YouTube star ⭐️ and is so excited to use his #appleaday iPad for that! ...

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‘G’ is a sweet girl that is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia. She couldn’t wait to get her own #appleaday iPad so she can play lots of Minecraft! Her favorite color is pink, so it looks like we chose the right case for her! Keep fighting, G! & thank you to @radiodanielle for once again spending your time surprising a very deserving child with an iPad! ❤️ • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #tampa #nyc #orlando #newyorkcity #charity #nonprofit #radio #pediatriccancer #kids #minecraft #foundation #volunteer #florida #newyork #philanthropy ...

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Volunteer Spotlight: @drewgarabo! 🌟 You may know him from his afternoon show on @1025thebone in Tampa, but he also happens to be a very devoted volunteer & ambassador for Apple A Day! Not only is always quick to say, “Yes!” when we are in need of a volunteer to deliver an iPad to a child undergoing chemotherapy, his show @drewgarabolive is also responsible for our biggest event of the year: Drew Garabo Live’s Apple A Day Prom. In its first two years, it raised nearly $75,000 to help us grant iPads to kids fighting cancer. 👏🏻 • • • #appleaday #tampa #StPete #pediatriccancer #volunteer #volunteerspotlight #philanthropy #ipad #apple #allchildrens #stjosephs #radio #1025thebone #appleadayprom #LOD #DGL ...

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Meet: Audrey! She’s 10 years old and newly diagnosed with Leukemia. She LOVES #Fortnite and is so excited to beat her brother on it with her brand new #AppleADay iPad! Thank you so much to our volunteer @RadioDanielle for surprising her! ❤️ . . . #AppleADayFoundation #Tampa #StPete #NYC #Orlando #Charity #NonProfit #ChildrensCharity #PediatricCancer #Volunteer ...

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🌟 Apple A Day Volunteer Spotlight 🌟Meet: @brookersgram! A little about me... Well @jaydedonovan, (whom is my sister in law), started the Apple A Day charity. This charity and the meaning behind it is just so incredibly moving and inspirational. There are a million charities out there, but this one is special. There is a story behind it. To see children's faces light up with a new IPad is really humbling. They go through treatments, IV's and really hard days in and out, and to have an Ipad to keep their mind off of what they are going through is very uplifting. Why I chose to really get involved: My mother has always been my best friend and mentor throughout life. The ultimate mother whom gave the best hugs and always had a smile on her face. The ultimate optimist. I was not expecting to lose my mother so early in life, but it shook me and has changed me as a person. I watched and laid with her while she battled a really horrible rare cancer and ultimately lost after 9 months. The moments I had with her during that time I will always remember and will treasure for the rest of my life. I can't bring her back, but I can do my best to create a legacy she would be proud of. Her life was giving back to charity and helping others. Giving back with the Apple a Day program is the least I can do to help children when so much of what is happening is out of their little hands. Life is too short. Its how we spend the time in between the beginning and the end that is important. I encourage anyone to get involved with Apple A day. I'm very proud of this charity and the ability to help a child smile a little bigger. • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #childhoodcancer #tampa #newyork #nyc #orlando #charity #nonprofit #fundraising #foundation #stpete ...

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Got a question for us? Leave it in the comments below! #AskAppleADay . . . #AppleADay #Tampa #Orlando #NYC #NewYorkCity #Charity #nonprofit #childhoodcancer #Childhoodcancerawareness #PediatricCancer ...

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Sabrina's daughter was granted an iPad from #AppleADay and now she's paying it forward and surprised Teagin with an iPad! Teagin is 7 years old and is battling relapsed Stage 4 NB. As you can imagine, she spends a lot of time in the hospital and at appointments. Her new iPad will help her stay connected and entertained during those times. . . . #AppleADay #AppleADayFoundation #Charity #nonprofit #NYC #NewYorkCity #TampaBay #Tampa #Orlando #PediatricCancer #Leukemia #ALL #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness ...

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Javier is 8 years old & fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He has had chemo and radiation. His mom said that because he doesn't walk, she knows he'll love his new #AppleADay iPad so he can play games and watch movies! Stay strong, Javier! . . . #AppleADay #AppleADayFoundation #Charity #nonprofit #NYC #NewYorkCity #TampaBay #Tampa #Orlando #PediatricCancer #Leukemia #ALL #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness ...

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Shainalee is super excited to use her new #appleaday iPad to watch WWE, YouTube & keep in touch with her friends while in treatment. She is 12 & was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Her mom said she was so happy to finally see her smile. iPads are a big deal for these kids. Thank you for helping us grant them ❤️ • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #childhoodcancer #tampa #newyork #nyc #orlando #charity #nonprofit #fundraising #foundation #stpete #WWE #allchildrens ...

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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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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 @kinsleyscookiecart! 👏🏻 ...

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Want to join our small, but incredible team of passionate and inspired people with the simple goal of bring smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer? Are you in the #NYC area? Apply now! Link In bio! ...

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Last month, @purebarrestpete raised over $1,500 for @appleaday4kids with their #puregive event! Today, our Executive Director @phoebekush & @hopeful.holly who manages @pure_barre locally delivered one of the iPads that we were able to purchase with the money raised that day! Marlee is 2 years old & on her 2nd of chemotherapeutic sessions for hepatoblastoma. She now has an iPad, a pink case from the @tblightning, an iTunes giftcard and @netflix account! Lots of Daniel Tiger & Mickey ahead of her now ❤️ ...

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Teagin’s mom reached out today to let us know that she responded VERY well to recent treatment! We are so happy to hear that and to SEE how much she loves her #appleaday iPad! GO TEAGIN!!! 👏🏻 • • • #appleaday #appleadayipad #ipad #apple #foundation #charity #nonprofit #tampa #tampabay #stpete #NYC #NewYorkCity #pediatriccancer #pediatriccancerawareness #childhoodcancer ...

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Meet Maddy! She is an active 12 year old who loves to swim, play softball & volleyball and do crafts. She is heading into 8th grade and will be using her #appleaday iPad & Apple Pencil to stay in touch with her friends & family while she is hospitalized during treatment. You got this, Maddy! 🙌🏻 • • • #appleaday #appleadayipad #ipad #apple #foundation #charity #nonprofit #tampa #tampabay #stpete #NYC #NewYorkCity #pediatriccancer #pediatriccancerawareness #childhoodcancer ...

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Tyson just turned 13 two days ago. He should be starting school this week. Instead he’s in the hospital fighting Leukemia. We brought him an #appleaday iPad, an Apple Pencil, iTunes giftcard, and @beatsbydre headphones today. We hope it all helps him stay connected with school & friends while kicking cancer’s butt! • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #allchildrens #nonprofit #volunteer #donate #leukemia #beats #tampa #StPete #Orlando #NewYorkCity #NYC #charity #instagood ...

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We love getting notes like this from our #appleaday families! ❤️ ...

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This is Melani! She is 10 & receiving treatment for #Osteosarcoma. She’s looking forward to using her new #appleaday iPad to stay in touch with friends, keep herself busy, and do schoolwork since she isn’t able to attend this semester. Stay strong, Melani! 💪 • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #childhoodcancer #tampa #newyork #nyc #orlando #charity #nonprofit #fundraising #foundation #stpete ...

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Daniel is 8 years old & in a fight with pediatric cancer. He’s currently staying at @rmhnewyork for treatment and we sent him a special surprise in the mail. Daniel wants to be a YouTube star ⭐️ and is so excited to use his #appleaday iPad for that! ...

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‘G’ is a sweet girl that is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia. She couldn’t wait to get her own #appleaday iPad so she can play lots of Minecraft! Her favorite color is pink, so it looks like we chose the right case for her! Keep fighting, G! & thank you to @radiodanielle for once again spending your time surprising a very deserving child with an iPad! ❤️ • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #tampa #nyc #orlando #newyorkcity #charity #nonprofit #radio #pediatriccancer #kids #minecraft #foundation #volunteer #florida #newyork #philanthropy ...

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Volunteer Spotlight: @drewgarabo! 🌟 You may know him from his afternoon show on @1025thebone in Tampa, but he also happens to be a very devoted volunteer & ambassador for Apple A Day! Not only is always quick to say, “Yes!” when we are in need of a volunteer to deliver an iPad to a child undergoing chemotherapy, his show @drewgarabolive is also responsible for our biggest event of the year: Drew Garabo Live’s Apple A Day Prom. In its first two years, it raised nearly $75,000 to help us grant iPads to kids fighting cancer. 👏🏻 • • • #appleaday #tampa #StPete #pediatriccancer #volunteer #volunteerspotlight #philanthropy #ipad #apple #allchildrens #stjosephs #radio #1025thebone #appleadayprom #LOD #DGL ...

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Meet: Audrey! She’s 10 years old and newly diagnosed with Leukemia. She LOVES #Fortnite and is so excited to beat her brother on it with her brand new #AppleADay iPad! Thank you so much to our volunteer @RadioDanielle for surprising her! ❤️ . . . #AppleADayFoundation #Tampa #StPete #NYC #Orlando #Charity #NonProfit #ChildrensCharity #PediatricCancer #Volunteer ...

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🌟 Apple A Day Volunteer Spotlight 🌟Meet: @brookersgram! A little about me... Well @jaydedonovan, (whom is my sister in law), started the Apple A Day charity. This charity and the meaning behind it is just so incredibly moving and inspirational. There are a million charities out there, but this one is special. There is a story behind it. To see children's faces light up with a new IPad is really humbling. They go through treatments, IV's and really hard days in and out, and to have an Ipad to keep their mind off of what they are going through is very uplifting. Why I chose to really get involved: My mother has always been my best friend and mentor throughout life. The ultimate mother whom gave the best hugs and always had a smile on her face. The ultimate optimist. I was not expecting to lose my mother so early in life, but it shook me and has changed me as a person. I watched and laid with her while she battled a really horrible rare cancer and ultimately lost after 9 months. The moments I had with her during that time I will always remember and will treasure for the rest of my life. I can't bring her back, but I can do my best to create a legacy she would be proud of. Her life was giving back to charity and helping others. Giving back with the Apple a Day program is the least I can do to help children when so much of what is happening is out of their little hands. Life is too short. Its how we spend the time in between the beginning and the end that is important. I encourage anyone to get involved with Apple A day. I'm very proud of this charity and the ability to help a child smile a little bigger. • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #childhoodcancer #tampa #newyork #nyc #orlando #charity #nonprofit #fundraising #foundation #stpete ...

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Got a question for us? Leave it in the comments below! #AskAppleADay . . . #AppleADay #Tampa #Orlando #NYC #NewYorkCity #Charity #nonprofit #childhoodcancer #Childhoodcancerawareness #PediatricCancer ...

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Sabrina's daughter was granted an iPad from #AppleADay and now she's paying it forward and surprised Teagin with an iPad! Teagin is 7 years old and is battling relapsed Stage 4 NB. As you can imagine, she spends a lot of time in the hospital and at appointments. Her new iPad will help her stay connected and entertained during those times. . . . #AppleADay #AppleADayFoundation #Charity #nonprofit #NYC #NewYorkCity #TampaBay #Tampa #Orlando #PediatricCancer #Leukemia #ALL #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness ...

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Javier is 8 years old & fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He has had chemo and radiation. His mom said that because he doesn't walk, she knows he'll love his new #AppleADay iPad so he can play games and watch movies! Stay strong, Javier! . . . #AppleADay #AppleADayFoundation #Charity #nonprofit #NYC #NewYorkCity #TampaBay #Tampa #Orlando #PediatricCancer #Leukemia #ALL #childhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness ...

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Shainalee is super excited to use her new #appleaday iPad to watch WWE, YouTube & keep in touch with her friends while in treatment. She is 12 & was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Her mom said she was so happy to finally see her smile. iPads are a big deal for these kids. Thank you for helping us grant them ❤️ • • • #appleaday #ipad #apple #pediatriccancer #childhoodcancer #tampa #newyork #nyc #orlando #charity #nonprofit #fundraising #foundation #stpete #WWE #allchildrens ...

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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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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 @kinsleyscookiecart! 👏🏻 ...

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Want to join our small, but incredible team of passionate and inspired people with the simple goal of bring smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer? Are you in the #NYC area? Apply now! Link In bio! ...

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Last month, @purebarrestpete raised over $1,500 for @appleaday4kids with their #puregive event! Today, our Executive Director @phoebekush & @hopeful.holly who manages @pure_barre locally delivered one of the iPads that we were able to purchase with the money raised that day! Marlee is 2 years old & on her 2nd of chemotherapeutic sessions for hepatoblastoma. She now has an iPad, a pink case from the @tblightning, an iTunes giftcard and @netflix account! Lots of Daniel Tiger & Mickey ahead of her now ❤️ ...

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