#ChildrensHospitalsWeek Announced for March 5-11

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To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, Riley Hospital for Children is pleased to participate in the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, scheduled for March 5-11. Riley Hospital is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the week-long initiative. Riley Hospital is the only CMN Hospitals partner in Indiana.

Help us celebrate this social media campaign for #ChildrensHospitalsWeek from March 5-11:

  • Tune in to a Facebook Live-a-thon Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. (EST): The exciting, live event will feature appearances by various celebrities, inspiring kids (including Riley kid Marlee Davenport) who represent the 10 million kids treated annually at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Catch the action at Facebook.com/RileyKids.
  • Participate in the #ChildrensHospitalsWeek bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefitted from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek.
  • Follow our social media channels so you don’t miss a minute of the action: Facebook.com/RileyKids Twitter: @RileyKids Instagram: @RileyKids

As a part of #ChildrensHospitalsWeek celebrations, Owen Boatright, Stilesville, Ind., and Marlee Davenport, Bloomington, Ind., have been announced as year-long Riley Hospital ambassadors through the CMN Hospitals Champion program. Owen has been named the 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Indiana Champion and Marlee, a previous Indiana Champion, was one of 11 kids selected as a 2018 National CMN Hospitals Champion.

Owen Boatright, 14, Stilesville, Ind.

It was a series of bad news. Owen, then 9, came down with what seemed to be a stomach bug. But it turned out to be E. Coli – a dangerous bacterial infection – and within four days of admittance to Riley Hospital for Children he was in total renal failure and diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. The next 16 days included blood transfusions, dialysis and draining one of Owen’s lungs. The good news finally came when his kidneys started functioning again, and Owen and his family have been feeling lucky since, with a new attitude about what really matters. With that in mind, Owen fundraises for Riley Hospital on a regular basis and shares his story at Riley Dance Marathons across the state.

Marlee Davenport, 11, Bloomington, Ind.

Marlee was born missing nine of 12 ribs on her right side, causing scoliosis and an abnormally small right lung, leaving her unable to breathe on her own. At 10 days old, she had her first of 22 surgeries (so far), a tracheotomy. In total, Marlee spent six months at Riley Hospital for Children before being discharged. Marlee has surgery every four to six months to adjust her Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Ribs (VEPTR). The VEPTR help stabilize Marlee’s spine and separate her ribs, allowing her lungs to expand as she grows. In the words of her idol, Taylor Swift, she “shakes off” any physical restrictions and enjoys climbing on monkey bars, attending gymnastics classes and jumping on the trampoline. Marlee will continue to have surgeries and follow-up appointments for the rest of her life.

About Riley Children’s Foundation

Riley Children’s Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children’s research hospital in the state of Indiana. Our mission is to raise funds statewide to support Riley Hospital funding priorities:  pediatric research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs. Riley Children’s Foundation also funds Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.

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