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Geneva High School grad loved music, family

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:24 p.m. CST

GENEVA – Alyssa Alvin wasn’t satisfied with sitting around – she always wanted to do something, her parents said.

“She just loved life and lived it to her fullest potential,” Alyssa Alvin’s mother, Yolanda Alvin, said.

Alyssa Alvin, 18, died at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Tuesday surrounded by her family and friends, according to her obituary.

Alyssa Alvin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia during her freshman year at Geneva High School, but that didn’t stop her from a heavy course load and a range of extracurricular activities. She began playing piano by the time she was 5 and started violin when she was 10, her father, George Alvin, said.

When renowned Japanese violinist Midori came to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in 2008, Alyssa Alvin was elected to be first chair for the performance, Yolanda Alvin said.

George Alvin said his daughter strived to be independent but still was close to her family. The Alvins would exercise together, play video games and also traveled the world. One of Alyssa Alvin’s favorite trips was to the Greek island of Santorini, her mother said.

During one of her hospital stays, Alyssa Alvin began a sketch of a geisha that turned into a full collage. The artwork received one of the top bids at a Lurie Children’s Hospital fundraiser in 2011, Yolanda Alvin said.

When Alyssa Alvin’s leukemia was in remission during her senior year, she started as a volunteer with Midwest ENT Consultants and later was hired to admit patients and assist Dr. Christopher Hampson, Yolanda Alvin said.

Alyssa Alvin graduated from Geneva High School in 2013 and later that year began attending Loyola University in Chicago. She wanted to be an anesthesiologist, but her plans and college career took a turn when her leukemia relapsed in February.

Her teachers told her parents that it was a privilege to have known her and have her in their classes.

“She truly was an amazing person, very vibrant and beautiful from the inside and out,” Yolanda Alvin said.

A visitation for Alyssa Alvin will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St., Geneva. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva.

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