A "Thank You" Letter to Women for Riley


February 5, 2016
Topics: Donors, Craniofacial, Riley Kid Story



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Ian Vierling, Greenwood, Ind.

The gifts you make to Riley Children’s Foundation make a tangible difference in the lives of countless children.

Today, we want to share the story of one child directly helped by the generosity of donors: Ian Vierling from Greenwood, Indiana.

Ian is one of approximately 1,700 children who receives treatment at the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Riley’s clinic is one of largest of its kind in the United States. Riley’s comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach allows patients born with a facial difference to lead healthy, happy lives. The Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies program receives grant support from Women for Riley, a dedicated group of donors and volunteers who work through Riley Children’s Foundation. 

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Ian’s family wrote a heartfelt letter to Women for Riley to let them know how much their support has helped their son. It’s our pleasure to share their words of gratitude with you:

Dear Women for Riley,

Thank you so much for your work with Riley Hospital for Children, Riley Children’s Foundation, and the kids they care for. Your support amplifies what is already a world class medical institution. Specifically, your financial support of the DynaCleft treatment used by the Craniofacial team has created improved pre-surgical results for children with cleft-lip and palate conditions.

Our son Ian was diagnosed with his cleft-lip and palate at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Obviously, this was a difficult time for our family as we knew nothing about his condition, why it happened, and what challenges would lie ahead. As we began learning more and finding support, we quickly found our way to the Craniofacial team at Riley where we were connected with Dr. Tahiri.

We learned that Ian’s cleft-lip was wider than the average cleft and Dr. Tahiri introduced us to the DynaCleft tape therapy. DynaCleft is a pre-surgical therapy that works to bring the opening of the upper lip closer together. The nasal elevator aids in lifting the cartilage, providing better symmetry for the nose. We began using this therapy four days after Ian was born.

The results of this tape therapy are nothing short of extraordinary. Additionally, the DynaCleft is very user friendly. At no time did we feel overwhelmed or discouraged using the product nor did we feel that our son was uncomfortable with the treatment. We were even able to show other family members how it worked in case they had to watch Ian.

Without your involvement, this therapy would not be available to many families seeking treatment for this condition. We are forever grateful for your support of this treatment as its results are truly incredible. Ian is now recovering from his first surgery and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

With many thanks,

Karl and Jennifer Vierling
Greenwood, IN


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