This is my second year participating in Ball State University's Dance Marathon, and I could not be more excited to serve as a co-director for the Special Events committee!
Ball State University Dance Marathon is the biggest organization on our campus, and all the money we raise goes straight to Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana's only comprehensive children's research hospital. I will be fundraising year-round for our annual 13.1 hour marathon event, where we will continue fundraising, celebrating, and interacting with Riley children and families all in support of Riley Hospital for Children. This hospital does amazing things for kids not only in Indiana, but all around the world. They are such an amazing and worthy cause to give back to, and I feel so passionate about helping this Hospital in every way that I can! Thank you so much for your support, any size or amount of donation is greatly appreciated and helps to give our Riley kids hope and happiness! #FTK
What will your generous donation be supporting?
Magic Castle Cart
Bob Baxter, former president of Riley Children’s Foundation (1991-1996), started the Magic Castle Cart program over 14 years ago as a way to administer Smile Therapy to Riley patients and remain connected to the hospital. Volunteers distribute gifts including puzzles, stuffed animals, funny glasses, crayons and coloring books, lip gloss, playing cards and other treats for the children. The Magic Castle Cart program has around 12 volunteers who distribute more than 20,000 gifts to patients, siblings and parents annually. Approximately $30,000 is required annually to maintain the fleet of two carts, one specifically tailored to Ball State University.
Palliative Care Program
Pediatric Palliative care is specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family. Above all, pediatric palliative care is family-centered. It helps with communication and coordination of care. With the close communication that palliative care provides, families are better able to choose options that in line with with their values, traditions and culture. This improves the well-being of the entire family.