"He is and always will be my hero."

April 8, 2016
Topics: Riley Kid Story, Cancer (oncology)

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Claire Meade with her brother, Evan

Some say that being having a sibling means that you always have someone there for you. Well in 2010, I did not know if I would always have my older brother there for me.

On January 27th, 2010, my brother, Evan Meade, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at the age of 16. I was 13 years old, and the word “cancer” became something I used in my daily vocabulary. I never imagined I would say the word “cancer” and my brother’s name in the same sentence. At that point the only thing I could do was relate cancer and death.

I had to face the fear of losing my brother head on. If it was not for everyone at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, God I would not have my brother. Evan is not only my best friend and my role model, he is and always will be my hero. Evan is an individual who will always look to the positives in life instead of the negatives, who will put others in front of himself, and who will devote all of his time and energy toward the things he is passionate about.

I am blessed every day that I have Evan as an older brother. He not only inspires me to be the best version of myself, but he inspires me to give back to Riley kids each and every day. I will continue to give back to the hospital that means so much to me until there are no siblings, family members, and friends who have to watch their loved one fight for his or her life.

Claire Meade

Claire Meade is a sophomore at Franklin College with an Individualized Major in Non-Profit Management and a Leadership Minor. She serves as Special Events Director for Franklin College Dance Marathon, which benefits Riley Hospital.

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