How This Boy's Snowman Ornament Is Helping Riley
The first thing you notice about 11-year-old LaDavion “Dee” Jones from Evansville is his million-dollar smile.
The last thing you’d guess is how much he has been through. In spite of the multiple foot and ankle surgeries he has gone through at Riley Hospital, Dee is a determined young athlete who is active on the basketball court and the baseball field.
This year, he also put his artistic talent to work to give back to Riley. Dee’s snowman artwork is one of four designs featured on Riley holiday cards and ornaments, which are being sold online and at select retailers across Indiana to support The Gift of Hope Happens Here holiday season campaign. (Dee's ornament is now available in Fifth Third Bank locations.)
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to this young artist, athlete and 2014 Riley Champion.
Q: How has Riley Hospital helped you?
A: They have helped me in correcting my feet and ankles surgically so that I won't waddle when I walk.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up, and why?
A: An orthopedic surgeon, because I want to be able to help children and adults with similar deformities or issues like myself.
Q: How do you feel about having the chance to give back to Riley by creating artwork for Holiday Cards and Ornaments?
A: I'm thankful to be able to give back and help those other children who need help. And I enjoyed creating my snowman, because I love art.
Q: What was your reaction when you first saw the cards and ornaments with your snowman design?
A: I was amazed, and I thought it was cool the way they brought my artwork to life on the holiday card and ornament!
Q: What message do you have for people who make gifts to Riley this holiday season?
A: Thank you for giving to a special cause.
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