Patients join the fun in a “Winter Wonderland” at Riley Cancer Center Prom

All too often children undergoing cancer treatments cannot stray too far from home, but at this year’s seventh annual Riley Cancer Center Prom more than 250 patients, family members and staff from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health will enjoy an evening of dancing, food and winter fun. Themed “Winter Wonderland,” the Prom takes place Friday, May 6.

Manicures and a “man cave”

No Prom is complete without a styled look, so patients and family members have booked complimentary hair, make-up and manicure appointments at the “Riley Day Spa.” Spa guests will be pampered in the hours leading up to the main event. For the boys and fathers, the Day Spa offers a “man cave” with video games and activities while they wait patiently for their “dates” to complete their beauty treatments. 

A community of support

Many sponsors have stepped forward to make everyone feel special, providing everything from beauty products and professional services to food for the event. 

On April 14 and 15, patients and siblings visited “Promingdale’s sponsored by PwC,” where personalized shoppers helped them select their dream outfits. More than 1,000 donated dresses, tuxedos, shoes, purses, jewelry and other accessories lined the shelves. 

Women for Riley, Riley Cancer Center, and Riley Children’s Foundation partner in this special initiative for children. Women for Riley is a volunteer and giving circle of approximately 80 women dedicated to making life better for children treated at Riley Hospital.

Each year, the Riley Cancer Center sees an average of about 200 new patients and 350 ongoing patients—a majority of the pediatric cancer patients in the state. Children who have been treated for cancer during the past year have been invited to join the fun in the “Winter Wonderland” with entertainment, dancing and food.

In honor of patients attending Riley Cancer Center Prom the community can support pediatric cancer research at

WHAT: Riley Cancer Center Prom
WHEN: Friday, May 6
Riley Day Spa (2-5 p.m.)
Riley Hospital Outpatient Center
Conference Rooms A and B (lower level)
702 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN  46202

Riley Cancer Center Prom (5-8 p.m.)
Fairbanks Hall
1st Floor
304 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202


  • Events provide an excellent environment to focus on a specific patient story.
  • Riley Cancer Center Prom welcomes media through 6:30 p.m. 
  • Please contact and confirm attendance with Laura Neidig at Riley Children’s Foundation.
  • View last year’s event here

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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