Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Events
Celebrating Life...
HOME

Allyhoos Comfort Young Hospital Patients



It all began with her own physical suffering, and through this suffering she has helped heal others.

In a telephone interview, 18-year-old Ally Doucette of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, said, "When 13, I began waking up each morning with inflamed fingers and was in a lot of pain. We still don't know what it is (as a diagnosis) except that I have severe arthritis symptoms in every joint in my body that can get arthritis. We don't know the kind of arthritis, but do know it's a symptom of a larger chronic illness. We don't know that illness either."

The "not knowing" bothers her. Her team of doctors can't figure out a specific diagnosis other than saying she has an auto-immune disease. Currently, she takes "pretty heavy" pain medication and doesn't handle most physical activities well. When out with friends, for example, about every 15 minutes she must sit and rest.

But from suffering an idea arose. While in a hospital for her illness, she met younger patients going through even more trying circumstances. Doucette knew what being in the hospital felt like and soon started a business to "give back" to these children who had emotionally supported her as a fellow patient.

She began making what she called "Allyhoos," which are cuddly, all fleece, custom-made, animal-shaped pillows. Doucette and her team take online orders from customers and, after manufacturing the pillow and a duplicate, send the original to the purchaser and the duplicate to a patient at Children's Hospitals & Clinics in Minnesota. The purchaser's name appears on the duplicate. She has sold more than 200, and donated another 200.

Because of federal privacy laws, she normally can't meet kids receiving Allyhoos. However, she was able to meet one 10-year-old boy whose mother ordered one online herself after her son had been given one in the hospital.

Doucette said, "They bought one themselves a year ago. He said the Allyhoo he'd received as a donation had been a familiar face to wake up to after surgery. It provided comfort. When ordering, his mother said I could deliver it in person. What I like best is knowing I'm making someone's day easier. When you're young and at the hospital it can be big and scary."

Lately, Doucette has kept her business going while majoring in small business and entrepreneurial studies at Vermillion Community College. One day, she would like to spread her idea to hospitals nationwide.

 


Sponsored by Blue Valley Sod.

Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers.

Daniel J. Vance may be reached at www.danieljvance.com



Placer County News Headlines

Campgrounds Open Along Middle Fork of American RiverAUBURN, Calif. - With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, the United States Forest Service has announced the opening of campgrounds at French Meadows and Hell Hole Reservoirs

Roseville Flash Crime Report (5.26.17)Roseville, CA- Summary digest of Roseville Police selected activity log covering the period of May 19- 26, 2017.

2017 Acura MDX: classy and versatileRoseville, CA- Now in its eighth year of production by Honda's luxury division, the 2017 Acura MDX is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that is appealing for a variety of reasons.

2017 PlacerArts Summer Concert SeriesAuburn, CA- The annual and free Auburn Summer Concert Series returns for another season beginning June 11, 2017

Affordable Housing Fee Workshops in Auburn and Kings BeachAUBURN, Calif. -- Placer County has scheduled two housing fee study workshops in June, one in Kings Beach and another in Auburn

USA Fastpitch Competition in South Placer County this JuneRocklin, CA --USA Fastpitch is coming to Roseville, Lincoln and Rocklin June 2-4 for three days of softball competition.

City of Roseville's $507 Million Proposed Operating BudgetRoseville, CA- The City of Roseville's proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 is available for review

San Juan Water District Receives Excellence in Financial Reporting AwardGranite Bay, Calif. - The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded the San Juan Water District

Sports Stars Join Rocklin Golf Fundraiser at Whitney OaksHall of Famer Willie Brown, Jim Plunkett, Daryle Lamonica, Charles Woodson, Phil Villapiano, Rod Martin and several more Oakland Raiders headline a dazzling field

Silversun Pickups Summer Tour with Third Eye BlindFollowing their upcoming BottleRock Napa Valley performance, this summer, Silversun Pickups will embark on a 30-date amphitheater tour opening for Third Eye Blind. The "Summer Gods" Tour celebrates Third Eye Blind's 20th anniversary

Garland Ranch Regional Park: Tranquility in Monterey CountyCarmel Valley, California - The "granddaddy" of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, Garland Ranch is a fine elder statesman of parks.

Roseville Firefighters Union Blast City's Proposed Staffing CutsRoseville, Calif. - With rising temperatures and fire season upon us, city leaders in Roseville have proposed drastic staffing cuts to the Roseville Fire Department


more news