Cooper’s Riley Christmas: Why We Give Back


December 26, 2017
Topics: Donors, Riley Kid Story, Cancer (oncology)



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Cooper Davis in his room at Riley Hospital during Christmas time

Our family would have loved to spend every Christmas at home. Instead, I’ll never forget the way we decorated my son Cooper’s hospital room in the Riley Cancer Center from top to bottom two years ago. 

His cancer was rare. His treatment was brutal. But we knew we could count on the sweet, heroic staff members to fill Riley’s halls with love and hope.

This holiday season, we have so much to celebrate. Cooper rang the bell to celebrate his completion of treatment, and we are home for the holidays! Still, we keep Riley very close to our hearts.

Giving back to Riley helps my family stay grounded. It helps us remember the young survivors, and the angels we have lost.

Giving back means Riley’s doctors and nurses can provide lifesaving care, Child Life Specialists can offer comfort and smiles, and researchers can speed up their search for cures.

To everyone who remembers Riley kids in their year-end giving, I have a simple message: Thank you, from the bottom of this grateful mother’s heart.

Happy holidays!

The Gift of Hope Happens Here holiday season giving campaign runs through December 31, 2017. Gifts up to $200,000 are being matched by French Lick Resort.


Sandy Davis

Sandy Davis and her husband Larry are the parents of Riley cancer survivor Cooper Davis. Their family lives in Greenwood, Ind.


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