Meet Maddie: Our Returning Indiana Champion


April 6, 2021
Topics: Donors, Riley Kid Story, About Us



Maddie Dean, CMN Champion Full Size 04.06.2021
Maddie Dean: 2021 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Indiana Champion

Did you know that one of our Riley kids has her very own holiday? Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry declared February 27, 2020 as “Maddie Dean Day” in the city. Maddie has received treatment at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health for a rare autoimmune disease since December 2011. Last year, Mayor Henry surprised her with the news that she was selected as the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Indiana Champion.

Across North America, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital every minute. CMN Hospitals Champions serve as ambassadors for the importance of children’s healthcare in their local community. After a busy year of sharing her Riley story and engaging with donors across the state, we are thrilled to announce that Maddie is returning as our CMN Hospitals Indiana Champion for 2021. Maddie recently shared her perspective on being a Champion, as well as a heartfelt message for donors who support kids like her.

What has been the highlight of your experience as a CMN Hospitals Champion so far?

All of the TV and newspaper interviews, Maddie Dean Day, and getting to meet all of the different people and businesses that donate to Riley and thank them.

What has it meant to you to serve as a representative of Riley kids?

I love being able to give back to Riley and help Riley Children’s Foundation raise funds to help children. It’s an opportunity to say thank you to the businesses and people that support Riley.

Aside from giving back to Riley, what else do you love to do? How has Riley made it possible for you to pursue your interests and dreams?

I love art and playing my instruments (piano, ukulele, guitar, and violin). Riley has given me another chance at life and the ability to pursue my interests and goals. I’m alive because of them.

Click here to read more about Maddie's Riley story.

Tell us about your biggest hope.

To become a lawyer.

If you could describe your perfect day, what would that look like?

Reading books and listening to music.

If you could share a message with everyone who donates to Riley Children’s Foundation to support kids like you, what would you say?

Thank you to everyone who donates to Riley. You are our superheroes because you give us hope and save our lives. Your donation may not sound like a big deal to you, but to Riley children it’s the sound of our heartbeats.

Did You Know?

•    Riley Hospital for Children is the only CMN Hospital in Indiana and the top CMN Hospitals fundraising market in the nation.
•    Since 1988, Riley Children’s Foundation has raised more than $166 million through CMN partnerships and programs.
•    Our top fundraising corporate partners are Speedway, Walmart, RE/MAX, and Panda Restaurant Group. Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of kids like Maddie!

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