"When I was born I had 3 holes in my heart. When I was 9 months old, Mom and Dad and I moved from Illinois back to Indiana so I could get my heart fixed at Riley. I had surgery when I was 10 months old. The biggest hole in my heart [...]
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Carter is now a healthy 14 year old who likes sports, running, and video games, but when he was five he faced severe health risks after an H1N1 infection. Riley saved Carter from respiratory failure and the other life-threatening conditions caused by the infection, so now Carter enjoys giving back to Riley [...]
Cecil is one of the most energetic kids you'll ever meet! He and his brother Hugo enjoy coming to PUDM events, especially Grill Out Chill Out. Cecil went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy to treat his Neuroblastoma before he even turned one year old. Now, Cecil is cancer free and [...]
Riley, 17 years old and on her 15th dance marathon, enjoys gymnastics and playing the saxophone. She goes to a lot of dance marathons across Indiana and is basically a pro at this point. She loves sharing her story and meeting other people impacted by Riley Hospital for Children. Here [...]
Kaylie is the oldest of four siblings, three of which have been treated at Riley. She is now 14 years old and loves running, art, singing, and llamas! Kaylie did a great job singing at the Riley Kid Talent Show at Ball State University's Dance Marathon back in February of [...]
Michael is now 19 years old, but he has been impacted by Riley since he was just two months old. Since Michael has cerebral palsy, him and his family have had to take on some extra tasks and obstacles that most families do not have to face. With the incredible care [...]
Faith was born with no medical problems at all! We started noticing that she was not keeping up with other children her age developmentally by about 6 months of age, which is when our Riley trips began. First, she had an MRI, which showed there were problems, but gave [...]
On April 2013, Lucas (then 2 years old) developed a bump on the side of his head, near his right ear and temple. After an ultrasound showing swollen lymph nodes and a round of antibiotics, a CT scan was performed at Lafayette's IU Hospital. On Monday, April 29, 2013 the scan showed a mass [...]
On April 1st, 2013, 3 year old Aidric spiked a fever that would not go away even after his mom gave him medicine. When his fever lasted for a few hours, his mom took him to Porter Hospital in Valpo. Several tests later, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was given [...]
We decided that we wanted to have more children so knowing that having biological children would not be an option for us we decided to adopt another child. Kristopher’s birth mother drank, smoked and did not have good nutrition during her pregnancy which caused Kristopher to be born 3 weeks [...]
I was a pretty healthy kid up until my early teens. Shortly before my 14th birthday I noticed my ankles were slightly swollen. Within days they were extremely swollen and my eyes were starting to swell. I went to my family doctor who ran lab work that indicated my kidneys [...]
I'll introduce myself first. My name is Marla White (Stanforth) and I'm a 2009 grad from Purdue. I have three adorable little boys and work as a vet tech. I met John our freshman year at Purdue. I was an Animal Science major and befriended many of the Farmhouse [...]