Aiden's Army was established to honor the extraordinary life of our little man Aiden.
Who fought a courageous battle against AT/RT (Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors) for nine months following his diagnosis. Aiden was such a resilient little man who never cried despite the downfalls of his illness. Therefore, as his parents, we would just like to return a small token of the love Aiden recieved during his fight and help families focus on something other than the illness. The organization will provide toys, gift cards, gas cards, lunch, or any other items that might bring a smile to oncology and hematology children. Aiden earned his wings January 5, 2010 at 17 months; however, his memory is with us everyday.
Although, little man only reached 17 months in age, Aiden was an extraordinary child that showed the strength of a thousand men and never broke. It was a running joke between his nurses and physicians that Aiden never did anything by the book and he always challenged their work. I have been told by more than one physician, that our soldier has changed the way they practice medicine forever. Aiden’s strength, heart, courage, and blues eyes will forever linger in the hearts and minds of everyone that knew him. Therefore, in order to assure that his legacy continues we created The Aiden Marley Hughes Foundation because we felt he would want us to continue to change lives the way he did.
Mommy and Daddy love you baby boy!
Mission Statement: What we do!
The Aiden Marley Hughes Foundation is a recognized 501c3 that donates 100% of all proceeds to children who are inpatient and fighting an unremitting battle with childhood cancer. It is our mission to ensure that all proceeds from any event held by The Aiden Marley Hughes Foundation d.b.a. Aiden’s Army go to children who are inpatient or currently under treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorder Centers. During the holidays we provide an abundance of gifts for 54 beautiful children who are currently impatient and going through treatment in two Aflac campuses and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. In addition, we provide a commercial lunch for these 54 children, their families, and the staff at the two campuses during our visit. We also attempt to find a child within the community undergoing treatment that needs some extra special love this holiday season. Not that every child doesn’t need this type of love, the foundation can assist with some of the more strenuous issues such as utilities, gas cards, equipment rental, and much more. If you would like to submit a candidate who is undergoing treatment for cancer or a blood disorder at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and you believe are in need of some help please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The foundation will choose one family to assist annually for now; however, it is our wish to help more in the future.
Disclaimer: All proceeds from any event held by The Aiden Marley Hughes Foundation go to children who are inpatient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorder Centers. None of the officers and volunteers involved with this organization are paid. In fact, each of them work on a volunteer basis and from the kindness of their hearts. Therefore, other than operating expenses all proceeds are donated to providing for these beautiful children.