A Time for Heroes

Liz Elkas

All of us know that the doctors, nurses and staff at Riley Hospital for Children are superheroes. These days, it feels like their powers are supercharged.

The remarkable team at Riley is taking extraordinary steps to protect Indiana kids amid the coronavirus outbreak. All the while, they’re continuing to provide compassionate, skilled care to children facing monumental health challenges that have nothing to do with this virus. 

Many people have reached out to ask how they might help. Here are a few thoughts:

• First and foremost, listen to the guidance of health officials: Practice social distancing and stay home. That’s the best way to stop the spread.

• For those who are able, please continue to give. Diseases like cancer, heart disease and asthma are stubborn. They do not take a break, regardless of the events of the outside world. Your donations are needed now more than ever so Riley can be flexible and innovative in caring for kids.

• Keep Riley patients, families and staff in your thoughts. Share photos and stories about Riley physicians, nurses, Child Life Specialists and other team members on social media and use the hashtag #RileyHeroes to thank them, cheer them on and tell the world about Riley. It helps to spread hope and joy during this challenging time.

We are witnessing an unprecedented public health crisis, and the days and weeks ahead will be hard. We’re fortunate to have Riley superheroes fighting for our kids today and every day. And we’re grateful for your unwavering commitment to Riley and the children it serves.

Liz Elkas

President and CEO

Riley Children’s Foundation

Liz Elkas, President and CEO, Riley Children's Foundation

I am an advocate for children and the President and CEO of Riley Children's Foundation.

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