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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Flashback Friday to last September when Roman, just diagnosed with leukemia, received his iPad from Sam. Roman was in a lot of pain and could barely smile due to mouth sores but he lit up when he saw his new iPad! Today, Roman is CANCER FREE and back to being a kid. He loves playing with his dog, Bandit, and now he can run around with him again. You’re amazing and we are so proud of you for being so strong 💪 ...

Flashback Friday to last September when Roman, just diagnosed with leukemia, received his iPad from Sam. Roman was in a lot of pain and could barely smile due to mouth sores but he lit up when he saw his new iPad! Today, Roman is CANCER FREE and back to being a kid. He loves playing with his dog, Bandit, and now he can run around with him again. You’re amazing and we are so proud of you for being so strong 💪Image attachment

This little princess is Malaysia! She’s 5 years old and has brain cancer. She is very outgoing and loves dolls, princesses, and Disney. Her iPad is going to be really helpful for school and during treatment. Thank you all for supporting us so we are able to grant iPads to amazing kids like Malaysia! ...

This little princess is Malaysia! She’s 5 years old and has brain cancer. She is very outgoing and loves dolls, princesses, and Disney. Her iPad is going to be really helpful for school and during treatment. Thank you all for supporting us so we are able to grant iPads to amazing kids like Malaysia!

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malaysia - such a pretty name for a pretty little lady. hope the ipad keeps you happy til you are well again.

What a pretty little princess! Have fun with your iPad Malaysia! 💕

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Yeah! We are so happy for you, Jarious! ...

Yeah! We are so happy for you, Jarious!Image attachmentImage attachment

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What a great story! Go Jarious! 👍🏻

hey jarious,glad that ipad is keeping you busy while you have your treatments, and til you are well

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Say hello to Ethan! He is bravely fighting Lymphoma with a smile. He likes to play video games and watch YouTube with his twin sister. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario. Ethan will use his iPad to FaceTime his sister and play games while in treatment. You’re awesome, Ethan! ...

Say hello to Ethan! He is bravely fighting Lymphoma with a smile. He likes to play video games and watch YouTube with his twin sister. He loves Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario. Ethan will use his iPad to FaceTime his sister and play games while in treatment. You’re awesome, Ethan!

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hi ethan - i know you're going to enjoy the ipad to play games and see your sis.

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This is Catherine! She’s 12 and has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Catherine can finally stop stealing her mom’s laptop during treatment because she now has her own brand new iPad! She loves soccer, golf, Minecraft, baking, crafting and reading. Give Catherine some love! ...

This is Catherine! She’s 12 and has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Catherine can finally stop stealing her mom’s laptop during treatment because she now has her own brand new iPad! She loves soccer, golf, Minecraft, baking, crafting and reading. Give Catherine some love!

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Enjoy it Catherine! And you got this! My 15 year old just kicked HL and from looks of it you are kicking it too! 💪🏼💜

My son Matthew has Leukemia and received an iPad from Apple A Day. He really is enjoying his through his treatment and I’m sure you will enjoy yours! Good luck honey! We will keep you in our prayers!🙏

You're amazing Catherine!!! ❤ 💪🏻 A true inspiration. Enjoy your new iPad. 😊

hey catherine - hope you are using your new ipad to do all the things you enjoy til your treatments make you better .

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