Creative Fundraising Gives Girl Hope

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Jaden Lauderdale, Bloomfield, Ind.

How can a basket full of snacks help fill a child’s heart with hope?

For 14-year-old Jaden Lauderdale who is at Riley Hospital for Children awaiting a heart transplant, a simple idea is making a night and day difference. 

Child Life Specialist Jenna Yarnell has been helping Jaden bake goodies using the oven in the Child Life Zone. Jaden had an idea: why not use her love of baking to raise money for Riley Children’s Foundation, to help fund an outdoor playground for Riley’s Child Life Zone? 

Jenna and Jaden worked out a plan that would work with Riley Hospital’s health guidelines: they’re baking goodies every week that could be sold in Jaden’s home community of Bloomfield, and Jaden is now selling pre-packaged goodies and sodas to Riley staff outside her room in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit once a week.

Jaden isn’t looking for small change. She wants to raise $10,000 through her bake sales and other donations from her community. 

Her mother Jessica says this creative fundraising effort has lit a fire in Jaden, giving her extra energy, hope and motivation. It’s all thanks to the Child Life Specialist who helped Jaden channel a personal passion into a project that will help other kids. “They try to do everything they can to make hospital stays as easy as possible,” says Jessica. 

Riley Children’s Foundation extends a special thank you to Jaden and to all Riley kids who selflessly seek to help others.

Click here to make a gift in support of Jaden’s fundraising efforts.

Click here to watch Jaden's story.

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