Mayflower Mill Elementary School student and Riley patient to be honored in special school ceremony

Kaelyn Staggs loves to run in 5K races. Kaelyn, a 10-year-old from Lafayette, Ind., stands out not just because of her happy, outgoing personality, but also because she finishes her races in a wheelchair. Two years ago Kaelyn was in a head-on car collision that left her with a broken back and severe concussion. She was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children, where she underwent back surgery. Kaelyn spent one month in inpatient care for rehabilitation, followed by outpatient physical and occupational therapy. Today, she enjoys giving back to Riley by making blankets with her friends.

On Thursday, October 22, 2015 Kaelyn will be honored as a 2016 Riley Champion in front of all her classmates and faculty of Mayflower Mill Elementary school. Riley Champions presented by Kroger is a program that was created to recognize and honor remarkable Riley patients across the state that have distinguished themselves by overcoming medical obstacles, and often times beating impossible odds. Kaelyn is one of eight 2016 Riley Champions that have been selected throughout the state.

WHAT: Riley Champion School Celebration
WHO: Kaelyn Staggs, 2016 Riley Champion
WHERE: Mayflower Mill Elementary School (200 E 500 S, Lafayette, IN 47909)
WHEN: October 22, 2015
            1:30 p.m.

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

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