Alana's Foundation

Press Coverage


News/Talk WJR 760 - Guy Gordon - January 20, 2022 Guy interviews Zachary Yaksich, President and Executive Director of Alana's Foundation, about the importance of immunizing your child.


The WILS Morning Wake-Up w/Dave Akerly - January 7, 2022  Dave interviews Zack, a Metro-Detroit Dad, who is encouraging parents to get themselves and their kids vaccinated for the flu after his daughter passed from the illness

News/Talk WJR 760 - "Why I Vaccinate"/What's going around - September 25, 2021  Zack, a Metro-Detroit Dad, is encouraging parents to get themselves and their kids vaccinated for the flu after his daughter passed from the illness  Guests include Alana’s Foundation President and Executive Director Zachary Yaksich. 

News/Talk WJR 760 - Huntington Best In Business - September, 2015   



The Paul W. Smith Show News/Talk WJR 760 AM - October 23, 2014 - Paul W. Smith interviews Zack Yaksich, Alana's dad and Dr. Frank McGeorge, ER specialist at Henry Ford Hospital and Good Health Correspondent for WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit, about the importance of annual flu vaccinations.  

The Mitch Albom Show News/Talk WJR 760 AM - August 7, 2013 - Mitch interviews Zack Yaksich, Alana's dad about upcoming Mitch Ryder fundraiser.



"Why I Vaccinate"/Talk WJR 760 AM - September 25, 2021 - In this segment, Zachary Yaksich, president and executive director of Alana’s Foundation, shares his families' experience with the flu.

Megacast on West Bloomfield Civic Center TV (CCTV): August 12, 2020 - President of Alana's Foundation Discusses the Importance of Getting Your Flu Shot   

FOX2 Detroit Sherry Margolis : April 27, 2020Covid-19, Flu Outbreaks Could Hit at the Same Time

ABC Action News, WXYZ TV Detroit, MI: February 16, 2018Dad who lost his little girl to the flu encourages others to get vaccinated

West Bloomfield 911: December 12, 2017 - On this episode of West Bloomfield 911, Officers David McNealy III and Zena Dailey speak with Zachary Yaksich (Alana's Dad) and JoAnna Yaksich (Alana's Aunt) about Alana's Foundation, as well as the importance of residents of all ages getting vaccinations to prevent falling victim to Influenza.

I Vaccinate: December 6, 2017 - Hear Alana's Dad, Zachary Yaksich, tell his daughters story and read his blog post about the seriousness of influenza.

SPLASH on West Bloomfield Civic Center TV (CCTV): August 28, 2017Splash Host Sheena Monnin sits down with Zachary Yaksich, President and Executive Director of Alana’s Foundation, to discuss the importance of flu vaccinations and the history of Alana’s Foundation.

FOX2 Detroit Kam's Corner - Fundraiser to benefit Alana's Foundation: August 7, 2013 - Kam Carman interviews Zack Yaksich, Alana's dad about upcoming Mitch Ryder fundraiser. Click here to watch.

Bloomfield Township Public TV, Bloomfield Hills, MI: April 23, 2013 - County Corner with Marcia Gershenson​ Interview with Alana's parents about Alana's Foundation

Wood TV, Grand Rapids, MI: January 16, 2013 - Parents of flu victim share warning

ABC Action News, WXYZ TV, Detroit, MI: January 15, 2013 -  Local family sets up foundation in daughters name after flu death


SEEN Magazine Changemaker Awards - November, 2022 - Meet the 2022 SEEN Community Changemakers

Kalamazoo College: January 27, 2022 - Flu Vaccine Efforts Lead to National Recognition

Holland Sentinel: January 19, 2022 - My Take: I lost my child to the flu. Please protect yours.

Traverse City Record Eagle: January 15, 2022 - Opinion: I lost my child to the flu: Please protect yours

Detroit News: October 2, 2020 - “This could have been prevented”: 5-year-old’s tragic story inspires free flu shot clinics  

C & G Newspapers: September 17, 2020 Harper Woods church to offer free flu shots

Detroit Free Press: January 23, 2019 Opinion: Vaccinate your kids against flu​ Alana's Dad speaks out about the importance of flu vaccinations.

West Bloomfield Beacon: November 16, 2017Nonprofit works to offer free flu shots and raise awareness

Street Medicine Detroit Blog: September 21, 2016Alana’s Foundation: Protecting SMD Patients from The Flu

Daily Tribune: October 1, 2015 -  Rochester College hosting Two Free Health Fairs - The Rochester College School of Nursing, Alana’s Foundation and the Michigan Community Visiting Nurses Association, have partnered to make the event possible.

West Bloomfield Beacon/Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle: November 10, 2014Students vaccinated in school for influenza

Michigan State University: October 27, 2014MSU is participating in Michigan's first-ever college flu vaccination challenge

Eastern Michigan University: October 13, 2014Spread the word, not the flu, and get vaccinated this semester - New grant allows clinic staff to vaccinate up to 50 uninsured students

My Metro You: September/October 2014 - Alana's Foundation (pg. 44/45) 

Oakland Press: July 27, 2014West Bloomfield flu foundation to spread vaccination awareness with concert fund-raiser

My Metro You: March 2013 - Alana's Foundation (pg. 74/75) 

Oakland Press: January 13 2013 - W. Bloomfield family creates foundation to save others after their daughter dies of flu

Spinal Column: July 26, 2012 - Yaksich creates something positive from daughter's death


Voices For Vaccine Blog:  November 21, 2022 I lost my child to flu. Trust me, you need a shot.

WHTC 1450 Holland: September 8, 2015Hope set to defend Title in State Flu Vaccination Competition

West Bloomfield Patch: May 4, 2013 - Mitch Ryder to Headline Benefit Concert in Royal Oak

Royal Oak Patch: May 4, 2013 -Mitch Ryder to Headline Benefit Concert in Royal Oak

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