Once again in 2015, Riley Children’s Foundation is the proud beneficiary of The Legends Championship presented by Old National Bank. As the fundraising organization for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, revolutionizing care and seeking cures ranks as the critical top priority. In 2014, The Legends Championship contributed $100,000 to Indiana’s only nationally ranked children’s research hospital.
Support for Riley Children’s Foundation offers hope to families seeking help for seriously ill and injured children; help that only Riley Hospital for Children can provide. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Without external financial support, the dedicated medical team at Riley Hospital could not deliver expert and compassionate care and breakthrough pediatric research. Generous donors also allow Riley Hospital to provide cutting-edge facilities and cover the costs of medical specialty areas that are not self-sustaining. At Riley Hospital for Children, HOPE HAPPENS HERE.
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Ashtyn served as the 2014 Riley Honorary Starter for The Legends Championship sharing her battle to defeat 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, Ind., native suffered a relapse. Round two consisted of another two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy, 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 Hospitals ambassador and played in the Children's Miracle Network Classic at The Walt Disney World Resort – the final stop on the PGA Tour. Currently, the University of Indianapolis golfer is focused on graduation in May 2016 – an achievement she will deeply cherish given her implausible journey.