June 9, 2014 – Hannah Jacobs

Our Riley Kid of the Week for this week is Hannah Jacobs! Hannah is very involved with PUDM and we are so excited about seeing her at the marathon in November. Hannah just completed her last year of high school and will be graduating very soon, we are so proud of her! Hannah tells her story below.

My story started on July 17, 1995, which was the day before I was born. This is when my family found out that my spine did not form correctly and I had Spina Bifida. I was born the next day at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and I stayed there for the next month. Then I became a Riley Kid. For the first year, I had appointments at least once a month and I would see several doctors at each appointment. I have had surgeries from head to toe, too many to count!

The one great thing at Riley is that no matter what kind of specialist you need, they have the best! That makes it easier for your Mom and Dad, knowing that their child is in the best hands. These doctors and nurses have become part of our family.

Riley has done so much for me that I decided I needed to give back. That is when I became involved with dance marathons. With the help of some outstanding students at Plymouth High School, we have started having dance marathons at our school! I also had the honor of being named one of eight Riley Champions for 2013. I will always be a Riley Kid and am proud of it!

Congratulations again to Hannah on completing high school, we are so excited to see what is in store for you next!

View her detailed story posted on September 23, 2013.