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wp-1456271913240.jpgAnti-PROM Update – Loving the excitement for all of you coming to Anti-PROM. We have handed out most of our tickets. DON’T MISS OUT!! We only have 3 more tables available. If you OR YOUR GUEST (if you are bringing one) have not registered yet, please do so asap. Don’t wait for closer to the date to try to register as they will be gone by then.
**Many of you said you plan on bringing a guest, but your guest has not registered yet. Please do so asap so you do not miss your chance to bring your friend.
Register online at:
(Read Press Release Below)
#Dysautonomia  #ChronicIllness
Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance
MHHA Prom Flyer 2016

Press Release:

Anti-PROM for Houston area Chronically Ill Youth – Registration Now Open! 

When:  Sunday, April 24, 2016

Where:  Maggiano’s Little Italy (in the Ballroom) 2019 Post Oak Blvd.  Houston, Tx  77056


Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance (MHHA), a 501c3 nonprofit charity, founded by 19 year old Katy resident Mikaela Aschoff, will be holding their 4th Annual Anti-PROM for Chronically Ill high school aged teens on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.   The event, will be held at the Maggiano’s Little Italy in their Ballroom in Houston, Texas.


Who is eligible to attend?  Any teen or young adult who has Dysautonomia and other life-changing chronic illnesses.  Each hidden (chronically-ill) guest is allowed to bring one friend (teen or young adult) as their guest.


Special night to include:   Dinner, casino games, music by Johnny Bravo Entertainment and fantastic prizes for each of our hidden (chronically-ill) guests. Attire:  Dress is semi-formal.


Complimentary Tickets require online RSVP by April 15.   Tickets are first come, first serve.  Sorry, NO tickets at the door will be available. To reserve your tickets, visit


Donations are greatly appreciated!  If you would like to contribute financially to the Anti-Prom, donate 100 of your business product for our Welcome Swag Bags or donate game prize baskets for our guests, please contact Mikaela Aschoff at


Why is it called Anti-PROM?  MHHA Anti-PROM is the opposite of a “traditional school prom” because it is specially planned and tailored for the health and physical abilities of our guests who are all Prom Kings and Queens in our book!  Our Anti-PROM is uniquely planned which includes no strobe lights and no dancing due to their physical/health limitations, but does include fun deejay music, dinner and sit down casino games in which everyone is included and has lifetime of memory making FUN!



What is a “Hidden Illness”?  Like Dysautonomia in which MHHA Founder Mik Aschoff has, a hidden illness is one in which the patient looks “normal” on the outside, but their serious illness and debilitating unpredictable symptoms are hidden to the casual observer.  Not all life-changing debilitating illnesses are visible and it is our hope at MHHA to give a voice to those we serve who feel mostly hidden in society, their unseen pain often disregarded and unfortunately sometimes forgotten by their friends due to their frequent hospitalizations and school absences.


Thank You!  This event would not be possible without our many generous volunteers and donors who give throughout the year, especially at our annual Boo Bash, which helps make Anti-PROM free to our guests.  They have our most heartfelt appreciation!


MHHA is proud partners with Lamb Foundation for Dysautonomia Research and appreciate the dedication of Dr. Numan, Dr. Butler, Rebecca Martinez (Dysautonomia Research Nurse) and the rest of the amazing team at the Dysautonomia Center for Excellence at UT Physicians / Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Tx.


Me and my felllow hidden teens: Michael & Natalia

The second annual Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Anti-Prom for our hidden teens and young adults was a huge success!  

I am still in a bubble of happiness about it (with a little bit of sadness that it’s over…). My devoted family and friends worked so hard for months to pull everything together for this event and it definitely showed. Without them, the Anti-Prom wouldn’t even be possible. I thank you all so much and I love you all. Ya’ll are my heroes.

This year, we held the event at the lovely Maggiano’s Italian restaurant in the Houston Galleria area. The always amazing Mike Eichenberger was our emcee and our night consisted of dining on a delicious dinner prepared by the restaurant, casino games, TONS of prizes and a photo booth from Jonny Black Productions (which was such a fun addition this year!).


Swag Bags!  Sponsored by The Abbott Family, The Allen Family and The Toman Family

Swag Bags! Sponsored by The Abbott Family, The Allen Family and The Toman Family

SWAG BAGS:  Each guest went home with a swag bag made possible by the Abbott Family, Allen Family and Toman Family.  Each one was complete with a new edition MHHA t-shirt, MHHA coffee cup, wrist band, candy, drinks provided by Hoist, and more.


1265237_10104429087554910_6297330772429939780_oPRIZE  BASKETS:  We also gave away numerous big prize baskets that were completely awesome (if you ask me) with the top 3 prizes included:  a Texan’s themed basket which contained four tickets to their next game (donated through the Katy Classical Academy donation drive/ Johnson Family), 24 inch Flat Screen TV / Blu-ray dvd from the employees at Enterprise Bank Pin Oak location, and Beats headphones/gift cards basket from Enterprise Bank employees at Pin Oak location..

Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the night was that three news stations came up and did a report on the prom. It was quite a surprise to me and I was both excited and nervous when I was interviewed, but I was pretty pumped that we were going to have word get out to those watching of what Dysautonomia is and what Anti-Prom\MHHA is all about. Much thanks to ABC 13 News, Fox 26, and Univision for covering the event.  I would also like to thank my fellow hidden teen, Natalia Rijos, for speaking Spanish on our behalf for the Univision interview – you are a wonderful spokesperson!  1973369_10104429049466240_4588128782616635838_o

I also want to thank my Anti-Prom committee which includes my co-chairs Lori Allen, my Aunt Ronda, and my mom. Thank you all so much for the hours of work you put into this event and for running with my crazy, over-the-top ideas and making them possible. Lori created the beautiful Anti-PROM masquerade decor, coordinated many details with Maggiano’s and so much more to list. She is so absolutely talented and she ran with the vision I had for the prom and it came out beautiful (You rock Lori!!).

My Aunt Ronda took off a whole week of work just so she could focus on putting together all of the door prizes, prize baskets, and swag bags (as well as running all over town collecting donations). Much appreciation to her team of volunteers across town for literally dropping everything to help her put together all the gorgeous prize baskets and door prizes!!  My grandmother, aka Nana, also helped tremendously with this and I thank you both for both being some of my biggest advocates and for everything you have done for me, this event, and MHHA.

I also want to thank my mom so incredibly much for everything. For staying up late hours creating designs, coordinating, and spreading the word. For running around on the brink of insanity to make sure everything is pulled together – for always being a great mentor, and for being an amazing mom to me and to my two siblings in the middle of it all.

10003634_10104429050923320_6918126023045552876_oFor all of our donation coordinators who went above and beyond by reaching out to their favorite businesses, coworkers, families and friends to gather so many donations that left our hidden guests in awe of the too many to count prize baskets and door prizes.  (Big big big thank you to Lesha Daniel for always quietly working her magic and sharing our story and her daughter’s dysautonomia story so effectively and heartfelt that our community just embraces us to help do their part.  And to Kimberly Smith for working her magic with her coworkers… what generous supporters!)

The Anti-Prom was a magical night and was all the more special to me with this being my senior year. To see the smiles and joy on my fellow hidden teens and young adult mentors faces, was a privilege and I am so honored to be among so many inspiring people.  It is a memory I will always cherish and I look forward to giving other hidden teens this special night for many more years to come.10259926_10203889823911229_3628666037562009240_n

Big thank you to Brett Perroux Photography and Tiffany Daniel Photography for capturing our event beautifully!  See below for their link for the photos.

To see the news reports about our Anti-PROM, click below:

Fox 26 News: Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Anti-PROM

ABC 13 News:  Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Anti-PROM

MHHA Anti-PROM could not be possible without our generous volunteers, donors and sponsors. 

(This list is continuously being updated as we receive the Anti-PROM wrap up details from our volunteers.  Please send your updates to:  We want to make sure all of our generous supporters are recognized!)

1978809_10203877963894736_8939445103350707827_n-Our volunteers who helped set up, deal, supervise, and so much more!  

BIG thank you to our neighbors, The Pinel Family (for everything!!) and our other sweet neighbors (we are so blessed!) Kelly & Rodney who saw a moving van, knew we had Anti-PROM coming up and generously (and blindly!) offered to help move/setup whatever we needed (and boy did we need their help!)

  • Our entire Anti-PROM volunteer team!
  • Maggiano’s Restaurant (and especially event coordinator Allison!)
  • Mike Eichenberger – Emcee
  • ABC 13 News
  • Fox News
  • Univision
  • Katy Classical Academy (for the prize donation drive and selecting MHHA for their Charity of the Month)
  • Pruning Hook’s Ministry for donating dozens of beautiful prom dresses to our hidden teen girls
  • Brett Perroux Photography and Tiffany Daniel Photography – for once again capturing our event beautifully!  Thank you!!
  • Jonny Black Productions for the fun photo booth


Thank you Donors!:

  • The Abbott Family
  • The Allen Family
  • The Andrews Family
  • The Bowen Family
  • The Butler Family
  • The Canseco Family
  • The Dudley Family / Lia Sophia Rep Stephanie Dudley
  • The Girgenti Family
  • The Heard Family
  • Patty Hermann
  • The Jinks Family
  • The Johnson Family
  • The Lamb Family / Lamb Foundation for Dysautonomia Research
  • The Leavitt Family
  • The Lee Family
  • The Lyons Family
  • The McWhorter Family
  • The Morello Family
  • The Northcutt Family
  • The Pinel Family
  • The Schwartz Family
  • The Smith Family
  • The Smithers Family
  • The Stilwell Family
  • The Svatek Family
  • The Thorpe Family
  • The Toman Family
  • The Wright Family
  • Blackjack Casino Company (without you, there would be no casino night!)
  • Brookshire Brothers
  • Dr. Catherine Wilder, Smile Design
  • Enterprise Bank Pin Oak Location in Katy
  • Fox Pizza
  • Girl Scout Troop 7109:  Clear Lake / Seabrook
  • Global Kids Project
  • Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Hoist
  • James Avery Jewelry – Katy location (Cyndi Miller coordinator)
  • Katy ISD Maintenance Dept Coworkers (Kimberly Smith coordinator)
  • Keep Kids Connected
  • Melaney Gibbs-Tarantino
  • Mickie C and Company Realty
  • Midway BBQ
  • Origami Owl – Stephanie Parrish
  • Pilates Powerhouse
  • Sandi Hall – Medical Massage Therapist
  • The Santikos Palladium
  • Tim & Staci Domino – Bath & Body Works gift cards
  • Visible Changes, Inc

MHHA Event Photography:  Guests, volunteers and donors have the rights to use our photos.  If you want to use them for any type of publicity purposes, permission in writing must be granted from us.  Email us at:

Tiffany Daniel Photography Anti-PROM Pictures (code to download 4574)

Brett Perroux Photography Anti-PROM Pictures:  Pics below.

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Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance is dedicated to bringing positive encouragement and hope to homebound and hospitalized teens who suffer from Dysautonomia and other life-changing chronic illnesses through social outreach, Hope Kits, Hospital Teen Program and Dysautonomia Awareness.  #dysautonomia #chronicillness #Hope4DysTeens #TheHidden Dysautonomia Teens

Please help spread awareness!  Like our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 Learn how you can help MHHA here.

We appreciate all of our angelic sponsors.  With every big or small donation, we are able to help more Hidden Teens.  Special thank you to our Gold Heart Sponsors at Lamb Foundation for Dysautonomia ResearchSpero Rehab and J Knesek & Assoc.


One of our happy Hope Kit recipients

The next round of the Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Hope Kits for teens with Dysautonomia and other hidden chronic illnesses will be sent out after Anti-PROM.  Hope Kits are filled with teen focused gifts that can be used either for the homebound teen patient or for those hospitalized.

With hospitalizations and the busy fun of planning Anti-PROM, our next round of Hope Kits will go out towards the end of the month.

We would love for you to send in a nomination for the deserving chronically-ill teen in your life.  Click here to nominate.

Please keep in mind we send out Hope Kits as donations become available and work through our nomination list as quick as we can.  To date, we have sent hundreds across the US.


If you would like to help donate towards the cost of Hope Kits and shipping costs, we appreciate it!  Click here to donate.

To apply, your nominated recipient must be between the ages of 12 and 19 years of age and be either hospitalized or homebound under a doctor’s care for their chronic hidden illness. This information is kept confidential. Applications will be accepted and Hope Kits will be provided to qualified recipients as donations become available.

Please contact us here to check the status of your nomination.

Want to know more about the impact my team at MHHA is having on teens across the country?  

Watch this video!



Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance is dedicated to bringing positive encouragement to homebound and hospitalized teens who suffer from Dysautonomia and other life-changing chronic illnesses through social outreach, Hope Kits, Hospital Teen Program and Dysautonomia Awareness.  #dysautonomia #chronicillness #Hope4DysTeens #TheHidden

Please help spread awareness!  Like our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 Learn how you can help MHHA here.

We appreciate all of our angelic sponsors.  With every big or small donation, we are able to help more Hidden Teens.  Special thank you to our Gold Heart Sponsors at Lamb Foundation for Dysautonomia ResearchSpero Rehab and J Knesek & Assoc.

ImageI wanted to give my teen friends a sneak peek of just one of the items that will be included in your anti-PROM swag bag.  

Check out the picture to the left for the latest Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance Shirt design.  


And I am very excited by all the Anti-PROM prize donations that are coming in.  

Can not wait to share this fun day with all of you.


Anti-PROM RSVPs due today!  Register online here.

**Hidden teens:  if you are bringing a guest, they need to be registered too through the above registration link.

Last, but not least, I would like to express my appreciation again to my co-chair, Lori Allen, for really going beyond the call of duty to help make this year’s Anti-PROM at Maggianos a success.  

Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance is dedicated to bringing positive encouragement to homebound and hospitalized teens who suffer from Dysautonomia and other life-changing chronic illnesses.  #dysautonomia #chronicillness 

Please help spread awareness!  Like our Facebook and Twitter pages.  



Because we are meeting more and more new teens joining our Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance family, we are reblogging one of our most popularly requested articles about Mik’s Story from Katy Magazine.


Please share and together let’s bring awareness!


Mikaela Aschoff collapsed at her first Homecoming dance,
but doctors had no idea what was wrong with her. After a
series of tests, she was diagnosed with a devastating disease.
now this Katy teen finds purpose and meaning giving gift
boxes of love to other teens with chronic illnesses.
Here is her story…

Click here to read more…

Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance is dedicated to bringing positive encouragement to homebound and hospitalized teens who suffer from Dysautonomia and other life-changing chronic illnesses.



Hope to see you this Sunday, December 8 from 4:00 – 7:00 for the first annual Mik’s Hidden Hearts Alliance family Christmas and Keeno Potluck Party!

What to bring:  

1.  It’s Potluck!  So please bring something to share.

2.  Keeno Game:  For each player (we encourage everyone to play!) bring a wrapped gift value up to $10.  What is Keeno?  Super easy fun game – think Bingo with cards.

RSVP Here:  To let us plan accordingly and get directions to party location.

Who can attend?:  Any hidden teen and their family.  

Please come as you are!  This is all about comfort, welcoming atmosphere and friends!


20131125-132315.jpgOctober was an absolutely crazy busy month, but a memorable and fantastic one.

I couldn’t be happier about our Second Annual Boo Bash and how much of a blast and success it was. The goal of Boo Bash was to entertain the adults in our community, inform them about Dysautonomia and raise money for our Hope Kits and upcoming social events – especially the second annual Anti-Prom coming in the spring of 2014.

Our “Haunted Casino Night” Boo Bash was held at the beautiful Multiplicity in Old Town Katy where owner, Susan Small, has been a much appreciated supporter of MHHA. The fun night started out with orchestra ensemble of WoodCreek Junior High students, directed by Bryanna Porter. Those teens were amazing and it meant so much that these teens took the time to help benefit teens living with debilitating chronic illnesses. Mike Eichenberger was our emcee again this year. His humor and great ad lib always makes our events fun! The dynamic band duo, Smokestack Sons, entertained our guests with their fun spin on many favorite songs. Saltgrass Restaurant provided an amazing dinner and their staff was impeccable! Creating Memories Cakes did a truly sinful dessert buffet – our guests were not left being hungry!


After our guests had a fun time playing casino games and shopping all the auction items, the exceptionally talented music artist, Rhonda Williams, performed a song from her cd, Audience of One, and was a part of the premiere of the Impact Video when she sang “Lean on Me”. Tiffany Daniel Photography provided a fun and much talked about photo booth for all to enjoy. Brett Perroux Photography helped to capture the overall event and once again, amazed us for his ability to capture the story of our event.


Many of our hidden teens and their families were also able to attend which was pretty awesome, some of them becoming great personal friends and others I had the great opportunity of meeting at the bash. It brought me joy to see them all laughing and having a great time, and their presence also brought awareness to our guests who either weren’t familiar with Dysautonomia or didn’t truly know the identity of a person with an invisible illness.


Due to my energy level taking a dive towards the end of the night, my mom spoke on my behalf to state what we all at Mik’s Hidden Hearts strives to do, and the reality of a teen who suffers from an invisible illness. In the middle of her speech, she asked for all of those who are suffering from an invisible illness to raise their hand and make themselves known.

Some people had a look of surprise as the person next to them or from across the table, raised their hand. (I had some guests come up to me afterwards and tell me that they had no idea that the person they had just met was actually one of the hidden or even knew that there was a good amount of people with an invisible illness there for that matter – they were surprised at how normal they looked.) A round of applause broke out suddenly for the hidden teens once they made themselves “visible”.

It was an incredible moment.

By the end of the evening, we raised our goal of $20,000! This will allow us to restock our inventory for Hope Kits, do more socials, and to cover the costs for all the hidden teens at the Anti Prom next year, just to name a few things. This wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing sponsors and guests at the event who donated, I want to thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity. You are apart of the positive change we hope to bring to the lives of teens with chronic, hidden illnesses.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors!

Spero Rehab

Knesek & Associates

Ronda McWhorter