The sidewalks outside of Connecticut Children's Medical Center are looking much brighter, thanks to an 11-year-old, who is spreading joy to other children dealing with some of their toughest days in the hospital.
“She looks great on the outside, on the inside, she’s fighting every single day,” said Tina Fichera, whose oldest daughter Aliana is bright and bubbly like most girls her age.
The difference is her body doesn’t produce antibodies to fight infection, so getting sick happens all too easily.
Back in 2012, she became severely ill.
“I had pneumonia, the flu, anything you name in the book,” Aliana Fichera said.
She was diagnosed with Common Variable Immune Deficiency and needs plasma transfusions each month.
As her treatment continued, she learned about a national movement to inspire children in hospitals, called Chalk the Walks.
She asked Connecticut Children’s if it could be done in Hartford.
“I wanted everyone to think inspirational messages,” Aliana Fichera said.
The idea came from her time being treated on one of the upper floors…she’d look down and see the plain sidewalks.
“When I just looked down here, I just thought it was kind of plain and boring,” Aliana Fichera said.
Last year, Aliana and her friends, called “Aliana’s Angels,” gathered 5,000 pieces of chalk through donations.
This year, they’re raising money that will be donated to the Immunology Department where Aliana is being treated, and a non-profit called The Joy Team, whose mission is spreading joy and inspiration.
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