Meet Joseph Peters
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to one of our 2016 Riley Champions presented by Kroger, Joseph Peters from Monticello, Ind. Joseph has made incredible strides since a life-changing mowing accident in 2014. Joseph lost his right leg below the knee and spent more than five weeks at Riley Hospital. Nowadays he is running, swimming and playing basketball. Here, in his own words, are Joseph’s thoughts about his Riley experiences.
Q: What is your age, your grade in school, and your favorite hobbies?
A: I am 10 years old, and I am in 5th grade at Meadowlawn Elementary School. I like playing basketball, video games and blacksmithing.
Q: What kind of medical treatment have you received at Riley Hospital? What has that been like?
A: I received treatment for a below the knee amputation. I had a blood infection in the hospital. Then I did inpatient physical therapy. I still see my surgeon sometimes, and I had another surgery on December 24. I trust the Riley doctors for all the ways they helped me.
Q: Tell us about Riley staff members who are special to you, and how they helped you?
A: Nurse Kelly Krol and Child Life Specialist Kristin Brown are special to me. They played games with me and made me feel better in the hospital. I got to see them at a Colts game and the Hope Happens Here Luncheon. I like to visit the nurses when I have appointments in Indianapolis. My surgeon Dr. Karen Myung is very special to me. She is always available for questions and concerns.
Q: What are some ways you have been involved with giving back and helping others?
A: We raised money at school, I go to dance marathons, and I get to do fun things for Riley as a Riley Champion. I even got to do Timmy Takedown for Riley! I'd like to try and start a Run/Walk for Riley in my community.
Q: What was your reaction when you learned you were chosen to be a Riley Champion?
A: At first I didn't understand what it meant. Now I think it is great!
Q: What advice do you have for other kids facing medical challenges?
A: Never give up! Keep going!
Q: What would you like to say to the staff at Riley Hospital?
A: Thank you for being there for me! I appreciate all the things you did for me while I was in the hospital. You went above and beyond being nurses and staff, you became my friends!
Q: What message do you have for people in the community who support Riley by donating?
A: Thank you for donating to Riley so other kids can get the special care that I got at Riley. We are so thankful that Riley is a part of lives through the good times and the hard times. Donations help the patients and their families to have hope during their treatments.
Click here to learn more about all of our 2016 Riley Champions.
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