Riley Hospital patients design ornaments to promote The Gift of Hope Happens Here

Gift of Hope Ornaments
Gift of Hope Ornaments

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 8, 2014) — Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health patients are spreading holiday cheer. Four 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. Support can be provided to Riley Hospital through donations at RileyKids.org and by purchasing ornaments.

2015 Riley Champion LaDavion “Dee” Jones, 11, is one of four Riley holiday ornament artists. From Evansville, Dee was born with severely flat feet and has had three surgeries at Riley Hospital. He loves playing baseball and basketball – which he can do with less pain thanks to the doctors at Riley. Dee’s snowman 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 December to purchase a special-edition ornament only available at our locations. Proceeds from the sales 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:

Santa Ornament
Riley Patient/Artist: Olivia Pierce, 8, Hobart
Availability: French Lick Resort, select Indiana Blood Center blood drives and RileyHolidayCards.com

Gingerbread Ornament
Riley Patient/Artist: Camryn Saal, 10, Fort Wayne
Availability: Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern Restaurants

Rudolph Ornament
Riley Patient/Artist: Aidan Miller, 6, Fishers
Availability: Speedway Convenience Stores

Snowman Ornament
Riley Patient/Artist: LaDavion Jones, 11, Evansville
Availability: Fifth Third Bank

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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