Riley Hospital patients design ornaments to promote The Gift of Hope Happens Here
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health patients are spreading holiday cheer. Three exclusive ornaments designed by Riley kids are available for a limited time, with all proceeds benefiting The Gift of Hope Happens Here year-end giving campaign led by Riley Children’s Foundation.
The Gift of Hope Happens Here campaign, supported statewide by Fifth Third Bank and Indiana Blood Center, raises funds and provides hope to thousands of families seeking help for seriously ill and injured children – care that only Riley Hospital for Children can provide. You can #GiveHope to Riley Hospital through donations at RileyKids.org and by purchasing ornaments.
Riley kid Brielle Hapner, 2, of Fort Wayne is one of three ornament artists. Brielle a survivor of neuroblastoma. Thanks to the care she received at Riley, Brielle is now cancer free and enjoys dancing, playing outside and doing gymnastics. Brielle’s “Mistletoes” ornament is available for $10 at Fifth Third Bank branches.
“We invite our customers to contribute to the Gift of Hope campaign by visiting Fifth Third Bank financial centers during November and December to purchase a special-edition ornament only available at our locations. Every dollar raised will go to Riley Hospital,” said Steven Alonso, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Greater Indiana. “We are excited to partner with an organization that is so widely respected and recognized because it provides Fifth Third a wonderful opportunity to impact the entire state by improving lives and strengthening families.”
Riley holiday ornaments are available at the following locations:
Christmas Tree Ornament
- Riley Patient/Artist: Grayson Connor, 5, Evansville
Grayson’s journey with Riley Hospital for Children began in December 2014 when he received a diagnosis of high-risk B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). A favorite memory for Grayson was getting to throw a football with Andrew Luck during “Riley Kids’ Day” at Colts training camp.
- Availability: RileyHolidayCards.org, at Indiana Blood Center donor centers starting December 2 (free with blood donation), and French Lick Resort
- Riley Patient/Artist: Brielle Hapner, 2, Fort Wayne
Brielle is 2 years old and a survivor of neuroblastoma. She is a happy, energetic, intelligent and beautiful little girl who brings joy to those around her. Her favorite things include Elmo, Frozen, dancing, playing outside, gymnastics and baby dolls.
- Availability: Indiana Fifth Third Bank locations
- Riley Patient/Artist: Iviee Green-Cash, 10, Indianapolis
In March 2005, Iviee was born prematurely at 24 weeks gestation due to a placental abruption. She weighed 1 pound and 5 ounces and spent 106 days in Riley Hospital for Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Since then, she has returned to Riley often for follow-up visits, therapy and multiple surgeries. Iviee is now a 10-year-old student at Westlake Elementary School.
- Availability: Select Indiana Speedway Convenience Stores
The artwork for these ornaments are also available as holiday cards at RileyHolidayCards.org. All proceeds from these holiday cards benefit The Gift of Hope Happens Here campaign.
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.