2014 Legends Championship will benefit Riley Children's Foundation. The Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provide care and support of seriously ill and injured children and their families, conducting cutting edge research. As Indiana's only nationally ranked children's hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health has been offering compassionate care for children and their families since 1924.
James Whitcomb Riley, a nationally recognized poet and writer from Greenfield, Indiana wrote volumes of poetry to the American people and especially children. His works had a profound impact on the beliefs of Midwesterners; he even was credited with creating the culture in the region. After his death, friends and admirers alike founded the Riley Memorial Association to honor Riley and his many contributions to literature and culture. The Association, now known as the Riley Children's Foundation, in 1924 constructed the Riley Hospital for Children to further memorialize this national and regional treasure.
Since 1924 Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families. The dedicated pediatric physicians, clinical staff and generous donors have made Riley at IU Health a place of hope and healing for generations of Indiana residents. From routine care to the most critically ill and medically complex cases, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health employs pediatric specialists in every field of medicine and surgery in a family friendly environment. Riley at IU Health shares a commitment to service excellence demonstrated more than 245,000 combined inpatient and outpatient visits through both patient and physician satisfaction.
Camp Riley, built by the Riley Children's Foundation in 1955 inspires youth with physical disabilities to realize their potential and become increasingly independent. Every summer, nearly 250 children, ages 8–18, from throughout the Midwest attend Camp Riley. With five different camp sessions during a five-week period each summer at Bradford Woods—Indiana University's 2,500-acre universally accessible outdoor recreational facility, campers discover confidence through horseback riding, swimming, and a high ropes course, while making lifelong friends. At camp they prove that they are not defined by physical limitations, rather their strength and will power.
Riley Honorary Starter for The Legends Championship. One such beneficiary of the exemplary care at Riley Children's Hospital at IU Health is Ashtyn Brown. Ashtyn battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) twice at Riley Hospital for Children. First diagnosed in 1999, Ashtyn endured two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. Three years later the Richmond, Indiana native suffered a relapse. Round two consisted of another two-and-a-half years of chemo, radiation and a trial medication that proved to be a miracle drug. Ashtyn beat the odds. In 2010 Ashtyn was honored as a Riley Champion – an award that celebrates a Riley patient's courage, strength and philanthropic heart.
Throughout the struggles in her young life, Ashtyn has become an avid golfer. Lettering in golf at Richmond High School, Ashtyn and her team carried the Red Devils to the 2009 and 2010 North Central Conference Championships, four sectional titles, two regional championships and a runner up finish at the 2008 Indiana High School Athletic Association State Championships. In 2011, Ashtyn represented Riley Hospital for Children as a Children's Miracle Network ambassador and played in the Children's Miracle Network Classic – the final stop on the PGA Tour. This summer, the University of Indianapolis golfer will share her journey at the Legends Championship benefiting Riley Hospital for Children