INDIANAPOLIS — Riley Children’s Foundation welcomed its new class of Riley Champions Presented by Kroger with an unforgettable weekend.
Eight courageous children from across the state were honored on the court before the Indiana Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
They also served as Riley Coin Toss Kids at the Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Riley Champions Presented by Kroger is a program that honors patients from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health who have inspired communities with their bravery and commitment to help others despite overcoming medical challenges. These children will serve as advocates and ambassadors for Riley by sharing their stories and participating in special events throughout the year.
Riley Champions Presented by Kroger will also be honored at the Riley Children’s Foundation Annual Luncheon on Nov. 15; during a special presentation at their school; and within a Kroger store near their hometown community.
The 2013 class of Riley Champions includes 17-year-old Hannah Jacobs of Plymouth.
Hannah’s lifelong relationship with Riley started shortly after she was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, and has continued with multiple surgeries to her back, feet, bowel, and bladder.
Hannah is paralyzed from the waist down, but this hasn’t kept her from dancing. Hannah helped start Plymouth High School’s first Riley Dance Marathon in which more than 200 students danced to raise $10,483 for the kids.