“Nothing is more important than making sure all Indiana children have access to the highest quality care that is provided at Riley Hospital,” says Cindy Simon-Skjodt, member of the Simon family who, in 2007, made the largest donation ever to Riley Hospital for Children.
In the spirit of this gift comes the announcement that the 17th Annual Wabash Kiwanis Club Bucket Brigade for Riley Hospital for Children will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year the donation sites will be outside six gracious local retailers: Kroger, Bechtol’s Grocery, Wal-Mart, Big R, Walgreens and Save-A-Lot. Wabash Kiwanis members will join with Key Club members from Wabash and Northfield High Schools to accept donations.
In addition to these high school groups, the Indianapolis Colts have once again partnered with the Wabash Kiwanis Club in this effort, donating an autographed football. With each $5 donation received by Kiwanis, the donor will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the football. The winner will be drawn at the end of the bucket brigade event.
Indiana Kiwanis Clubs continue to work to provide financial support for each new project that enhances the facilities needed to provide even better care for the children served by Riley. At this time, the Indiana District of Kiwanis is united in their “Path to a Cure” for type 1 diabetes, a commitment to secure $1 million by Sept. 30 towards pediatric diabetes research at the hospital.
No Indiana child is ever denied Riley services due to a family’s inability to pay. Riley treats nearly 90 percent of all juvenile cancer cases in Indiana. It houses Indiana’s only pediatric center for burns, kidney dialysis, cystic fibrosis, craniofacial abnormalities and sleep disorders. It is one of the top pediatric research and cardiovascular treatment centers in the country. Riley performs more than 10,000 surgeries each year, including heart and lung transplants.
Each year, children from Wabash County account for more than 1,000 visits to Riley. Because the children’s hospital receives no direct state funding, there is a great dependence on individual contributions. Donations to Riley Children’s Hospital not only support world-class research, medical care and facilities, but also make it possible for thousands of patients and their loved ones to become part of the Riley family during their most challenging times.
Those willing to give but unable to make it to a location on Sept. 28 may present their donation to any Kiwanis Club member.
Last year, the Wabash Kiwanis Club sent $1,304.73 to Riley, raising their 16-year total to $30,393.31. One hundred percent of the money collected on Sept. 28 will go to Riley Hospital for Children.