Why I Give: The Gift of Hope Happens Here


November 23, 2015
Topics: Donors, Riley Staff Profiles



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Riley kid Madelin Guzman Maya with Dr. Michele Saysana

My family gives to Riley because we were given so much to get where we are today. My husband was a refugee. He came to the United States from Laos when he was 6 years old. A lot of people have helped him along the way, and a lot of people helped both of us as we developed our careers as physicians.

Making gifts through Riley Children’s Foundation is a way we can give back at the place where we work—where we see how it impacts people every day. By making personal donations we are also modeling for our three children the importance of giving back. We want to show them that

Riley Hospital means so much to us that we want to invest in it over time.

It’s amazing what we are able to do with philanthropy here at Riley. It gives us the ability to do research that puts Riley on the cutting-edge for new discovery and new treatments for patients. It also allows our patients to have a more normal experience of what it’s like to be a kid. Because of philanthropy, we have Riley School Program teachers, Child Life, Social Work and other programs that surround our families and our patients with support. We can help take care of more than just their medical problems.

My husband and I were honored to make the commitment to join Riley Society, which consists of donors who pledge annual gifts of $1,000 or more. I think if you have the opportunity to give at that level, it’s a great thing to do. I think that creates a community of people who are committed to giving and who can encourage other people to give as well. As Riley Society members, it feels good to come to work knowing that we are helping fund a lot of what goes on here every single day.

I hope many of my colleagues will decide to join the Gift of Hope Happens Here Employee Giving Campaign. By giving hope and investing in Riley, you’re investing in patients, and building an even greater Riley Hospital for patients of the future.

What a great impact to think that you’ve helped all of Indiana’s children through your generosity.


Michele Saysana, M.D.

Dr. Saysana serves in a dual role as a hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. She and her husband, who is also a physician at Riley Hospital, have three children.


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