A Piece of Riley

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I am the Riley Wagon. I mean a lot of things to different people. 

To Riley kids, I’m a fun means of transportation during a scary time. To Riley parents, I’m a beacon of hope during a period of helplessness. To all Hoosiers, I represent a place that has been taking care of the state’s sickest children for 95 years: Riley Hospital for Children. 

I’m also a way for people to give back! Individuals and groups are able to name my license plate as an acknowledgment of contributions made to Riley Children’s Foundation. It is a great way donors can have a little piece of Riley named at the hospital.  

Riley kid Evan Burr and his family are one of the most recent donors to give back in this way. Evan’s medical journey began when he was constantly feeling very tired and struggled playing sports. After monitoring his heart rate and seeing it was very low, he headed to Riley Hospital for an appointment. 

“We learned on a Thursday afternoon that Evan needed surgery, and by Friday morning he was having open heart surgery,” says his mother Stacey. 

The benign tumor in Evan’s heart turned out to be the size of a baseball. However, the summer after his surgery, Evan was back on his soccer team and doing what he loves. After his experience at Riley Hospital, Evan is so happy his family is able to give back by naming my license plate. 

“I just hope other kids use it as something that makes them feel better in this whole scary process,” says Evan.  

Thank you, Burr family, for making me a part of your incredible story. 

With gratitude, 

Riley Wagon 

Riley Wagon naming opportunities start at $2,500. Visit RileyKids.org/Wagon to learn more. 

Riley Wagon

The red Riley wagon is the preferred mode of transportation for many patients at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. She has become an iconic symbol of Indiana’s cherished children’s research hospital, which is entering a new phase of growth thanks to the tremendous support of donors.

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