Jeff Gordon Strikes It Big for Kids with Cancer at Riley Hospital

Jeff Gordon visits with patient at Riley Hospital
Jeff Gordon visits with patient at Riley Hospital

Five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon celebrated 13 years of partnership with Riley Children’s Foundation on Thursday, July 24, during his annual bowling event in Indianapolis. Since 2002 the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation has raised $3.5 million in gifts and pledges for breakthrough pediatric cancer research.     

Proceeds specifically benefit The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the Wells Center for Pediatric Cancer Research at Indiana School of Medicine. Funding provides vital resources for researchers seeking to impact treatments, therapies and cures. 

“When we hosted our first bowling tournament those many years ago, we had one simple vision: to help children with life threatening illness being treated at Riley triumph over their disease and go on to lead healthy lives,” said Gordon. “I am so proud of the work that is being done at Riley Hospital. Research remains our top priority to ensure one day we reach the day when no child will face the uncertainty of cancer.”

The celebrity lineup included eight Riley kids, all patients at the Riley Hospital Cancer Center. They were invited to meet and bowl with Jeff Gordon at “The Hula Bowl” themed event. 

  • Cameron Bland, 17, Bloomington
  • Karsyn Bratch, 11, Wabash
  • Kaleb Buck, 16, Franklin
  • Tatum Parker, 13, Indianapolis
  • Olivia Pierce, 8, Hobart
  • Coltan Schmidt, 4, Greensburg
  • Aleigha Sweet, 12, Fort Wayne
  • Ariana Tejada, 10, Indianapolis

The event was overflowing with laughter, a live band, sponsor-filled bowling lanes, cancer survivors along with their families, VIP guests and an abundance of generous supporters of Riley Hospital and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Every year approximately 220 children are diagnosed with cancer in Indiana. Riley Hospital treats 85 percent of those cases. 

About Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation was established as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The Foundation supports children battling pediatric cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. For more information visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org

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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