Alyssa was diagnosed with leukemia at eight months. Unfortunately chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy, and Alyssa was listed for heart transplant in March 2013. On May 23, 2013 she was placed in a Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) heart pump; however she had many complications with the heart pump and was at times was medically unstable.
Alyssa waited five months, and finally on August 20th, 2013 she received a new heart for the kindness of an organ donor.
During the hospitalization, and transplant the David Foster Foundation was able to support the family while they were temporarily relocated in Toronto with accommodations, meals, and their cell phone so they could stay connected. Since Alyssa’s successful heart transplant the David Foster Foundation has been able to help the family with accommodations and travel from New Brunswick for transplant annual follows up appointments At Toronto SickKids hospital. Today Alyssa is doing great and back to being able to enjoy her love of dance. “It was a great sense of relief that I didn’t have to worry about financial things and could concentrate on my daughter when she was sick and dying” – Wanda Maher-Clarke (Alyssa’s mom)