Riley Hospital for Children
In PUDM, we like to ask every member their “why.” Everyone has a different reason “why” they joined this organization, and every reason is unique and special in its own way. Here is PUDM’s “why.”
We say we raise money FTK, but what does that really mean? Every dollar we raise goes directly to Riley Hospital for Children. Each year the first $100,000 raised goes to funding the Child Life Zone in the hospital. The Child Life Zone is a place where kids being treated can play and have fun. It is a place where kids can be kids to forget why they are in the hospital in the first place. The rest of the money goes to the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. This type of research is very important to PUDM because we had three Purdue University students pass away from cancer in recent years. John Romine lost his battle to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008 and David Feltner passed away from a soft tissue cancer relapse in 2011. More recently, in January of this year, Tyler Trent, PUDM chair and Purdue sports super fan, lost his battle with osteosarcoma. The research done at Riley benefits kids like Tyler who are hoping to find a cure for their disease.
Everything we do is for the kids. We want every kid being treated at Riley to come out healthier, stronger and happier than before they came in. We want every kid battling a life-threatening disease be able to say they beat it. We want families not to worry about their children. We want every kid to live their life to the fullest. We raise money, so kids can be kids.
Our organization would not be where it is today without our amazing Riley families. They are the backbone behind this organization. Every family has their own story as to how Riley helped them, and every single one of their stories is a part of our reason “why” we do what we do. Our families support us in every they can by attending our special events, athletic games and sharing their stories for all to hear. Seeing them so strong and positive is what drives us to raise the most money we can FTK.