Riley Hospital patients design ornaments to promote The Gift of Hope Happens Here
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University 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 The Kroger Company, 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 by purchasing ornaments at RileyHolidayCards.org or simply donating at RileyKids.org.
Olivia Stoy of Ashley, Ind., is one of three ornament artists. Olivia is an eighth grader who was diagnosed with T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at 12 years old. Thanks to the care she receives at Riley, Olivia is able to do all of the things that she loves – including playing basketball and softball. Olivia’s “Ice Skates” ornament is available for $10 at Speedway Convenience Stores.
Riley holiday ornaments are available at the following locations while supplies last:
- Riley Patient/Artist: Luke Chapman, Evansville, Ind.
- Luke Chapman was born with a complex heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. When he was only 10 days old, Luke underwent his first open heart surgery at Riley Hospital for Children. Eventually, Luke needed to be placed on the heart transplant list. A four-month wait ended when Luke was granted the gift of life with a new heart. Luke is now two years old and returns to Riley each month for routine appointments. During his visits, he makes sure to greet his favorite Child Life Specialist, Jenna Yarnell.
- Availability: RileyHolidayCards.org
Ice Skates Ornament
- Riley Patient/Artist: Olivia Stoy, Ashley, Ind.
- Olivia Stoy was diagnosed in May 2016 with T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma during visit to the pediatrician for cold-like symptoms. At Riley Hospital for Children, Olivia underwent many procedures to examine the large mass in her chest. Olivia is 13 now and still visits Riley Hospital once a week to receive treatment. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball and softball, reading, spending time with family and friends, and most importantly – fundraising for Riley. Olivia’s passion and dedication shown through her Facebook page, “Olivia is #StoyStrong,” has helped raise over $50,000 in support of the Child Life program at Riley Hospital.
- Availability: Speedway Convenience Stores
- Riley Patient/Artist: Jace Randel, Wabash, Ind.
- In August 2014, Jace Randel received abnormal lab results just days before his 11th birthday. His pediatrician referred his family to Riley Hospital for Children for further testing. Five months later, he was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. Jace’s best treatment option was a bone marrow transplant, and his sister, Audrie, served as his donor. During his 50-day stay following his transplant, Child Life Specialists did everything in their power to make him comfortable. The Child Life team even helped Jace put on a concert in the stem cell unit playroom complete with tickets, fliers and decorations. Now 14 years old, Jace loves sports and has been able to participate in his school’s baseball and football teams.
- Availability: Riley Hospital and other IU Health gift shops
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 is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children’s research hospital in the state of Indiana. Our mission is to raise funds statewide to support Riley Hospital funding priorities: pediatric research and patient care, maternity and newborn health and family support programs. Riley Children’s Foundation also funds Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center. For more information, visit RileyKids.org.