Now, We Truly Get It


December 28, 2019
Topics: Riley Kid Story



Tony & Lauren Kanaan

Like everyone, we had heard great things about Riley Hospital for Children. We got a glimpse of how special Riley is when we visited hospitalized kids for IndyCar parties over the years. 

But now, we are a Riley family. Now, we truly get it. 

This place is so much more than a hospital. 

When you go to Riley, you find expert specialists you can fully trust with your child’s life. They can find answers when no one else can.

You also discover that there is something very special in the air at Riley. Every person who helps take care of your child delivers that care with love, hope, and compassion.   

Here’s how we became a Riley family:

Our son Max was 2-and-a-half years old earlier this year when he was having persistent symptoms we couldn’t fully understand or control. We remembered how a Riley Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Dr. Brian McFerron, helped us with a brief visit in the past, and we reached back out to him for help. We determined that Max needed to undergo an exploratory gastroenterology procedure under anesthesia at Riley.

The details were so important. From the waiting area to the toy drawers, to the incredible Child Life Specialist Nancy, they had literally thought of everything! They even figured out that Max liked Paw Patrol. It could have been a stressful, traumatic procedure, but he was calm and happy. We kept thinking to ourselves, “Someone has to pay to make all of this happen!” It is so touching to know that people donate to help Riley offer all the support kids like Max need. 

We have now seen with our own eyes how the donations we make as a community make an impact on kids. Our community’s amazing support is the reason that Riley is not just an “adequate” children’s hospital – it is now one of the top ten children’s research hospitals in the nation! This is what our kids here in Indiana deserve. 

We are so proud to be a part of Riley’s growing success story. Now that our family has chosen to make Indiana our home year-round, we have decided we want to make an impact right here.

In our opinion, there is no other cause in Indiana as incredible as Riley. 

We made gifts to Riley in honor of each of our four children. As Riley Giving Ambassadors, we helped rally for support on Giving Tuesday, and we’re doing so again as people make their final charitable gifts of 2019.

As we get ready to ring in a new year, will you join us in giving hope to Indiana’s kids by supporting Riley? Every gift makes a difference. 

If you would like to donate to Riley, please visit BeTheHopeNOW.org. All individual gifts made before midnight, December 31, 2019, will be doubled by French Lick Resort, up to $200,000.


Tony & Lauren Kanaan

Tony & Lauren Kanaan share their experience at Riley.


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