A Timeless Riley "Thank You"

August 6, 2013
Topics: Donors, Riley Kid Story, Cancer (oncology)

Amanda Baskett and family
Amanda today with her children, Jacob and Emily, and her husband, Jason

Amanda Baskett’s Riley story began on Easter Weekend 1979. Her father, Dean Baskett, had been serving in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana. When Dean returned home, he noticed his daughter’s eye appeared to be drooping. The family eventually ended up at Riley Hospital for Children, where she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. With the cancer affecting Amanda’s adrenal gland, liver, lymph nodes, and eye, her family recalls hearing her chance of survival was only about 3%.

Recently, Dean Baskett and his wife Jean, who now live in Alabama, made a generous donation to Riley Hospital in Amanda’s honor, and took that opportunity to share this update about their daughter’s life:

“Dr. (Jay) Grosfeld came out telling us that he felt this child, with PRAYER, radiation, chemo and his surgeries, had a wonderful chance to survive. I am so pleased to let the world know that because of this beautiful hospital and wonderful staff and doctors, my little baby girl turned 36 years old this past July. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a marketing degree and now lives and works in Atlanta. She is married to a wonderful man, Jason Autry. The doctors told us Amanda would probably never have children because of the radiation and chemo, but we have been blessed by a new granddaughter, Emily Katherine, and a grandson, Jacob Paul. They are both absolutely beautiful, healthy and extremely intelligent. We could have never saved our Amanda if we were not at the right place at the right time. We loved Dr. Coates for being so honest and treating her so well, and Dr. Grosfeld was our big hero – he did the work for God. Amanda also had the greatest nurse, Janalee Taylor. I know Amanda is here for a reason she has so many talents and treasures. Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis will be in our hearts forever. We couldn’t possibly find all the words to say THANK YOU for what you did for our family. God Bless Riley Hospital.”

We extend our thanks to the Baskett family for honoring Amanda’s Riley journey in this meaningful and generous way.

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