Some children turn their biggest challenges into their greatest strengths.
Each year, several special children who show courage and commitment to help others while navigating medical obstacles are selected to serve as Riley Champions.
We invite you to nominate children who are powerful Riley advocates and who demonstrate the “Chad Keown Spirit of Riley,” showing a desire to leave a legacy.
- Nominees are typically between the ages of 8-18.
- As ambassadors for Riley, our Champions need to be comfortable sharing their stories publicly.
- Nominees should demonstrate the “Chad Keown Spirit of Riley,” honoring the legacy of Chad Keown, who passed away while serving as a Riley Champion.
- Selected Riley Champions are notified in August and officially announced at Riley Children’s Foundation’s annual luncheon in November.
- All nominations are due by Saturday, June 15, 2019.
2019 Riley Champions
Meet Rowan Breyts March 19, 2019
A baby dies in Indiana about every 14 hours. Rowan Breyts was not one of them. However, he came dangerously close.×
Riley Leadership Message December 19, 2018
Hear from Riley leadership about supporting Be the Hope NOW: The Campaign for Kids.×
Sheila and Jameson's Story December 19, 2018
Sheila Dolan shares how the donor-funded Riley Maternity and Newborn Health team saved her life, and her son’s life.×
Christian's Research Story December 19, 2018
Learn how Riley research helped save Christian Daugherty's life.×
Be the Hope NOW: The Campaign for Kids December 19, 2018
We have launched a $175 million campaign for Riley Hospital to save kids’ lives through three high-priority programs.×
Kennedy's Story: How Family Support Helps December 19, 2018
Watch the Strayer Family's story about their Riley journey.×
2018 Race for Riley October 8, 2018
Congratulations to Race for Riley on 22 years and nearly $4 million raised for the kids at Riley Hospital.×
Meet Hunter Schermerhorn September 27, 2018
A phone call from Hunter’s school nurse turned a life changing cancer diagnosis for the Schermerhorn family. See how Riley research is helping kids like Hunter and his family find the answers they desperately need.×
Women for Riley 10th Anniversary August 28, 2018
Congratulations to Women for Riley on 10 years of service and the legacy you continue to build.×
Meet Tyler Trent July 16, 2018
Riley patient Tyler Trent has everything going for him, except a cure. Note: Tyler passed away on January 1, 2019. We are so thankful we knew him and were touched by his story.×