Gifts of Hope: 5 Reasons You Should Remember Riley this Holiday Season

December 9, 2013


A few weeks ago my family participated in a cancer research fundraising walk downtown. Our team went by the title of "Ben Lives." While there, we talked to a mother who'd just lost her son after a two year fight with a brain tumor.

After leaving the walk, we went out for lunch and our son Ben, who is four years old and approaching three years in remission, showed off his newly acquired medal to the hostess. "What did you get that for?" she asked. "He survived cancer," I said. She introduced us to a member of the kitchen staff whose son had just passed away from leukemia. She'd shaved her head in support for her son and her hair had just barely begun to grow back.

Those are two good reasons to donate to Riley Hospital for children during their holiday season campaign, The Gift of Hope Happens Here.


Here are three more: Ben, Brody, and Kendall. Those are the names of my son, his daycare playmate, and one of my students. All three are here in large part because of Riley Hospital, each having survived a brain tumor, leukemia, and a Chiari brain malformation respectively. These three kids are alive and healthy because of money donated and research completed years before they were born.


In my eyes, Riley Hospital is the tallest building in Indianapolis. Some buildings have three or four dozen stories, but Riley has thousands.

Riley is made of stories.

When disease, accidents, or cancer threatens your child's life, you quickly see how many other kids and families are in the same situation. You see all these kids, hear all these stories, and although the outcomes are different the only thing they have in common is hope.

The fact is that hope is not possible without funding. My family and I give to Riley because we have experienced what that funding can do.

Donations become hopes and hopes sometimes turn into cures.

Did you can know you can make a holiday gift to Riley in someone's honor? Click here to make your gift through The Gift of Hope Happens Here campaign.

Chris Edwards, Ed. D.

Chris Edwards, Ed.D, teaches AP World History teacher at Fishers High School, and is the author of several books including 'Teaching Genius: Redefining Education with Lessons from Science and Philosophy.' Chris donates the royalties from 'Teaching Genius' to Riley Children's Foundation in support of pediatric cancer research at Riley Hospital. Chris and his wife Beth live in New Palestine are the parents of two boys, Blake, and Ben, who is doing well after being treated at Riley for a cancerous brain tumor.

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