“Blankets From Bayan” A Huge Success

Our two days of blanket making were a huge success at Monroe Elementary  School. It was so successful that we were featured in the local paper, the Hinsdalean! Over 100 eager and excited students showed up after school on Wednesday Jan. 16, and Thursday Jan. 17th to help tie and knot 40 blankets and made over 100 cards that were delivered on Friday to the Children’s Hospital at Central DuPage Hospital. Monroe Elementary in Hinsdale, IL was so happy with this event that they would like to include it in their activities possibly every year. The hospital child-life specialist was overwhelmed with appreciation for the wonderful blankets we delivered.  Students were very interested in where these blankets were going and why we were doing this. We explained to them that Bayan received her first blanket from a very nice neighbor and it meant the world to her. So, we wanted to return this favor in her honor. We know that Bayan would be extremely happy with event and that it would warm her heart. This small event that was sponsored by our charity is just one of the ways we are “Painting the World Pink for Bayan”. Below are pictures from the event.


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Bayan’s Blanket Birthday Gifts


We are so incredibly excited to announce Bayan’s birthday gift for this year! In collaboration with Monroe Elementary School, we have decided to make these comfy, warm tie-knot blankets for children suffering in the hospital. Bayan received her first blanket (pictured here) from her wonderful neighbors. She treasured it and loved the warmth it provided her. The blankets will be made as a school wide effort at Sereen’s (Bayan’s sister) school on January 14th and 15th. This is just one way that we are continuing to “Paint the world pink for Bayan”.

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Bayan Hassaballa Foundation Donates $1000 in Honor of Olivia Veldink

Our Foundation works to support those causes that help kids afflicted with A-T and malignancies. In 2008, Bayan met beautiful Olivia Veldink, another child afflicted with A-T, at the pasta party prior to the Chicago Marathon. Who knew that, one day, both girls would be running in Heaven together.

Earlier this year, A-T took another beautiful soul from this earth: Olivia suffered an infection and passed away. In honor of her memory, the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation donated $1000 to the A-T Children’s Project, a wonderful organization that works to find a cure for this terrible disease.

Please help us continue to “Paint the World Pink for Bayan” by supporting our organization.

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A Wonderful Birthday Gift For Bayan!

The Bayan Hassaballa Foundation is very happy to announce that a private family foundation has generously donated $8300 to support our work!

“On behalf of the foundation, we are happy to donate to such a worthy cause. We truly admire the time and effort you and your charity dedicate towards A-T and the memory of Bayan,” said the foundation’s representative, who requested to remain anonymous.

This most generous gift, just in time for Bayan’s birthday, will go a very long way to help us “Paint the World Pink for Bayan” by funding research into a cure for A-T, a cure for cancer, and helping ease the lives of children with cancer.

From the bottom of our hearts here at the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation, we thank this wonderful family foundation for their tremendous generosity and support.

It’s not too late to help us “Paint the World Pink for Bayan”! Please donate generously today.

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Bayan’s 2013 Birthday Gifts!

Every year, the Foundation donates its proceeds to those organizations that help relieve the suffering of children with cancer, fund research into a cure for A-T, and those organizations that made a difference in Bayan’s life. We do this in commemoration of Bayan’s birthday, which is December 30.

This year we decided Bayan would have loved to donate to Make-A-Wish, who gave her the amazing gift of a custom-made bike. She was beyond excited when she received this gift from a donor through Make-A-Wish. She was able to ride a bike for the first time on her own, and this meant the world to her.

Also, the foundation will give a gift to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.  Through its research, St. Jude’s has helped countless kids with their cancer-fighting protocols, one of whom was Bayan. And, of course, we cannot forget the A-T Children’s Project who strive everyday towards finding a cure for this debilitating disease, which made Bayan’s life so difficult. They also offer moral support and resources to help families cope, and they helped our family tremendously.

It’s not too late to help paint the world pink for Bayan! Please give generously to the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation today.

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Congratulations to Our Runners for Bayan!!!


Congratulations to our very own Reem Hassaballa, Vice Director, and her daughter Minna for finishing the Hot Chocolate 5K!

Minna said, ” Since Bayan never made it to 13, I wanted to run for her on my own 13th birthday, because she was never able to run.”

What a fantastic accomplishment and tribute to our Angel Bayan.

Contact us to find out how you can join our runners for Bayan! And you can always support our effort by donating to the Foundation.

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Paint the World Pink For Bayan!

Paint the World Pink for Bayan!What does “Paint the World Pink for Bayan” mean? The color Pink represents Bayan in every way. Her face lit up every time we bought her something pink, or when she received a custom made pink bike. She wanted everything and anything to be pink. Pink represented her sweet smile, her tender-heart, and her soft voice.  She wanted to paint the entire world pink. Help us paint the world pink for Bayan by wearing your own pink “Paint the World Pink for Bayan” wristband. All proceeds go to benefit the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation and all the great work it does to help kids with cancer.

Wristbands are $5 (including shipping). Please click on the “Donate” button on the side and write “Pink Wristband” in the message area.

Let’s all Paint the World Pink for Bayan!

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Announcing our 2011 “Bayan Birthday Gifts”

It is that time again! Thanks to all the generous support of those who donated to us, the Bayan H. Hassaballa Foundation announces our “Bayan Birthday Gifts,” which are donations to various non-profit organizations that support patients with A-T and children with devastating diseases and cancer. This is the mission of our Foundation, to help those who help others.

This year’s recipients are:

  1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in the amount of $2000.
  2. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Illinois, in the amount of $2000.
  3. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, in the amount of $2000.
  4. A-T Children’s Project, funding the research study: “Systemic Inflammation in Patients with A-T.” Our gift was over $1200

In addition, earlier this year, our Foundation donated an adaptive stroller to Easter Seals of Dupage County, to help another child who couldn’t walk, like Bayan.

Dr. Hassaballa in Easter Seals

Dr. Hassaballa in Easter Seals donating the stroller

Once again, thanks to all of you who donated and supported our Foundation during 2011. We pray you have a healthy, prosperous New Year, and we look forward to doing much more good in the years to come.

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The Bayan Hassaballa Foundation Supports A Children’s Cancer Ward

We are very proud to announce that the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation has given a grant to support a very important charity set up to help kids with cancer.

The Sereen Foundation, named after a beautiful girl who has survived cancer, has been set up to provide child life support services, called Wow Projects, to children in Egypt who are being treated with cancer. The Foundation partners with local pediatric hospitals and clinics and, in so doing, promotes the development of a child life services ecosystem in the community.

They have already done great work, and thus we at the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation wanted to lend a helping hand.

The work of our Foundation – helping kids with AT and cancer – can only be done through the generosity of people like you. As you make your giving decisions this holiday season, please keep our Foundation in mind.

Thank you, as always, for your generosity and support.

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Foundation Funds A-T Research

One of the main missions of the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation is to fund critical research into Ataxia-Telangiectasia and its causes, in hopes of one day finding a cure, or at least to help relieve the suffering of children from this devastating disorder.

To that end, we are very pleased and proud to announce that the Bayan Hassaballa Foundation has awarded a $2000 grant to Johns Hopkins University, under the aegis of the AT-Children’s Project, to study systemic inflammation in children with Ataxia-Telangietasia. More specifically, it is looking into the role of IL-8 (Interleukin Eight) in this disease.

We hope and pray that this grant will help further the success of the project and one day lead to a cure or life-saving treatment. To help our Foundation make more such grants, please click on the “Donate” button at the side of the site.

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