Elvis tribute artist to visit Riley Hospital for Children

One of the best Elvis tribute artists in the U.S. will visit Riley Hospital for Children’s Child Life Zone on Friday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. 

The goal of Riley’s Child Life Department and all of its programs – including celebrity visits – is to minimize the stress and anxiety children often experience with a hospital stay. Therapeutic activities address social, emotional and educational needs during a child’s hospitalization.

“When the community provides interaction and entertainment in the Child Life Zone, not only does it help our patients feel special and valued, but it allows our patients and families to take a break and forget for a moment that they are in the hospital. This is part of Child Life’s goals for normalization and socialization and is just one way we can provide a positive experience for patients and their families,” says Melissa Sexton, Riley Hospital Child Life Special Events Coordinator.

Family support programs like Child Life are one of the three main fundraising priorities of Riley Children’s Foundation, along with pediatric research and maternity and newborn health.

Cody Ray Slaughter was named the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” in 2011 by Elvis Presley Enterprises and has starred as Elvis Presley in the touring production of the Million Dollar Quartet. He is in Indianapolis as part of the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular tour and will be performing Friday night at the Pike Performing Arts Center.
   
About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.

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