"You Guys Are My Heroes"

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Chloe Alexander Sullivan, Ind.

Some people call Chloe Alexander a “hero” for conquering cancer.

Chloe says there are others who deserve that title:  Riley researchers.

“I appreciate your lifesaving work and I’m forever grateful,” Chloe told cancer investigators during a visit to the Wells Center for Pediatric Research. “You guys are my heroes.” Her surprise visit and heartfelt thank you letter brought tears to the eyes of investigator Reza Saadatzadeh, Ph.D. “At the end, this is the thing that I want to see,” he said as he hugged the now-healthy 12-year-old.

Your gifts are enabling Riley’s research teams to recruit talented new investigators who are developing new ways to help sick children. Riley’s federal grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rose 40% in the last two years to $23 million, the ninth highest in the nation among pediatrics programs. This rise is attributed to support from donors, whose gifts helped the studies get off the ground.

“Philanthropy really provides us with new funding that allows us to try new things,” says Merv Yoder, M.D., the Director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. “Hope happens here. It’s with the new things we’re learning that we’re able to change what we’re doing in the hospital and to make a difference in the lives of children.” 

Click here to watch the emotional visit by Riley kids to the Riley research lab.

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