Family and Friends,
I am the Director of Family Relations for Jagathon 2018! Jagathon is the Dance Marathon at IUPUI that raises money for Riley Hospital for Children and works to spread awareness of all the AWESOME kids in Riley's care. As the Director of Family Relations, I stay in contact with our Riley families throughout the year, letting them know about events benefitting Riley Hosptial for Children, and they let me know what is happening in their lives. Riley families are our true inspiration and the reason we fundraise for the kids. I am so thankful that I am able to get to know them and spend time with them throughout the year leading up to Jagathon!
Last year was my first year on the Jagathon committee and I am very excited for what this year will bring working on the executive board! I will be on my feet dancing, playing games, and interacting with the kids from Riley who come as guests for 15 hours. Listening to our Riley kids and their families tell their stories is truly amazing. Being able to hear each of their unique stories and hear the challenges that each kid has overcome or what they continue to overcome with the help of Riley Hospital for Children is absolutely unbelievable. This past year at Jagathon 2017, we set a record in fundraising! During our total reveal WE HAD RAISED $351,430.22 FOR THE KIDS! This AMAZING total pushes me to support our Riley kids and their families even more and to help make more miracles happen!
I also know how this hospital truly changes patients and families lives for the better because I was born there twenty years ago. Riley saved my life and continues to save the lives of many kids every single day. Today I still sleep with a bear that one of my nurses made me while I was a NICU patient! I lost my twin sister, Kirstyn, at Riley and my younger sister Annie is also a current patient there. I am beyond grateful that this hospital is able to give her the care that she needs during this difficult time.
My love for this hospital continues through my sorority Phi Mu because our national philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals which includes Riley Hospital for Children. This year I am the Philanthropy Director for Phi Mu which gives me the amazing opportunity to plan our philanthropy events, deepen our chapters connection to our cause, and increase the funds that we raise FTK.
I also currently volunteer 4 hours each week in the Child Life Zone at Riley! It is my favorite part of every week because I get to play with kiddos and help make them smile. My dream job is to be a Child Life Specialist at Riley. This hospital truly has such a special place in my heart!
This year my personal goal is to raise $2,000 since it is my second year being involved in Jagathon. Please help me to raise funds to benefit all the remarkable things that this hospital does. Every penny raised is going to pediatric research at Riley Hospital for Children. Just click on the "donate now" button to make a donation. Every little bit helps! Then, please pass this on to anyone else who you think may want to support this cause. My main goal is to do all I can to help Riley kiddos of the present and future as well as honoring those of the past.
Thank you for your support of my fundraising efforts!