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Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is the only

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the state of

Indiana, which sets them apart from all other children’s

hospitals in our state. As Indiana’s first and only

comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the

care of children, Riley Hospital for Children has provided

hope and healing to children and their families for over

ninety years. Since opening its doors in 1924, Riley

Hospital has focused on family-centered pediatric care

for any child who needs it. Riley is also home to the

state's largest pediatric research program at the Well’s

Center for Pediatric Research, where physician-scientists

vigorously work to bring new cures to the bedside.  


Riley Hospital and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research depend on the generosity of donors to support vital clinical programs and pediatric medical research. Each year Riley serves over 300,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. From simple care associated with the health and wellness of children, to the most critically-ill children and medically complex cases, Riley is the leader for pediatric care in the state and the region.


By contributing to Indiana University Dance Marathon, you are enabling innovative people, programs and technologies to translate new ideas into the best possible support for families.  This support will help Riley provide hope through pediatric research that is revolutionizing treatments and seeking cures for conditions such as cancer, diabetes and asthma.

How We Help the Hospital

Riley Connect Program

The Riley Connection program allows members of the Hospital Relations Committee to volunteer with current patients and families. After going through screenings and training programs, the committee members are able to let the kids just be kids through reading stories and playing games together. 

RMH Meals​

Another way that the 18 committees are able to support Riley families is through serving home-cooked meals to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Meals. With two locations in Central Indiana, the Ronald McDonald Houses serve as a home-away-from-home, at little to no cost for the families with children receiving care at Riley as well as other hospitals in the area.

Baby Showers

The Hospital Relations committee has the unique opportunity to work with family support staff members of the NICU at Riley to plan monthly baby showers for the families with children in the unit. The baby showers give relief from the stress of the hospital with a donated meal from a variety of local restaurants as well as a chance to make a craft for their baby and enter a raffle for baby blankets, hats, and other donated items. If you would like to help support these events, please contact 

Riley Week

Riley week is dedicated to educating IUDM, donors and the IU campus all about our cause: Riley Hospital for Children. This week is supported through the special help of the Hospital Relations Committee. During this week, Hospital Relations puts on various activities such as passing out Riley facts, pins, and bracelets as well encouraging fundraising efforts. A highlight of the week is the Doc Talk, where students have the incredible opportunity to hear from a Riley doctor. This year, IUDM was able to invite Dr. Markham to speak on her experience working as the Medical Director of both the Fetal Center and Neonatal Transport Team at Riley!

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