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Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

Riley Children’s Foundation

In 1924, funds raised by the Riley Children’s Foundation founded Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in honor of the renowned poet James Whitcomb Riley and his love for children. Since founding Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Riley Children’s Foundation has remained the fundraising organization for the hospital.

We are committed to improving the health and well-being of children everywhere through philanthropy and research programs. Generous donations and funding make it possible for groundbreaking pediatric research, leading-edge technologies and the highest level of clinical care. Other fundraising highlights include:

  • In 2010, we successfully concluded the Hope Happens Here campaign, raising over $200 million.
  • In 2011, the Simon Family Tower, a 10-story inpatient building, opened, thanks to a $40 million gift in 2007 by the Simon family.
  • Riley Children’s Foundation ranks #1 in the Children’s Miracle Network, a national organization, for total dollars raised.
  • Indiana University Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy event conducted for a children’s hospital in the United States, having raised $14 million for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley at IU Health.
  • Every summer, nearly 250 children with physical disabilities attend Camp Riley, where they realize their true potential as they become increasingly independent.

Many medical specialty areas at Riley at IU Health rely on external support, and over half of the hospital’s patients are uninsured or on Medicaid. Your support helps thousands of families with seriously ill or injured children.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to donate, please contact us today!

Giving the Gift of Comfort

Tom and Patty Dunham have been blessed with healthy children and grandchildren. But the business owners from Greenwood, Ind. became drawn to supporting Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health when they witnessed friends’ children cope with serious illnesses, some of whom unfortunately lost their battles. “They really need coping skills,” says Patty about the grieving parents. “I mean, how do you get through this?”

In talking to the Riley at IU Health CEO Jeff Sperring, MD, Patty learned about the top funding priorities at Riley at IU Health: Child Life and Creative Arts Therapies, Child Protection, Wells Center for Pediatric Research; and something that caught her attention – Palliative Care.

Palliative Care is a support program for children and their families as they face the challenges of a life-limiting diagnosis. It includes services from advanced symptom care to hospice and bereavement counseling. “Most of us can't imagine what it would be like to face these challenges and loss,” says Sperring. “I was incredibly moved by conversations with families who had lost children at Riley at IU Health who told me how much a support service would have meant to them.”
The Dunhams made a generous donation to Riley at IU Health Palliative Care program. “You just feel better when you know you’re trying to help somebody,” says Patty.
Sperring says he believes the Dunhams will inspire others to help as well. “I am so touched by the Dunhams’ heart for children and their families.”