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. To date, the Legends Championship has contributed more than $300,000 to Riley Children's Foundation.
Cohen Austin from Bedford, Ind., is this year’s Riley Honorary Starter for The Legends Championship.
Cohen was 3-years-old when he was diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. It was determined he would need a heart transplant in order to live. In the months leading up to his surgery, Cohen and his parents, Chris and Ashley, spent many hours traveling back and forth to Riley in Indianapolis, Indiana’s only nationally ranked pediatric research hospital.
“Riley Hospital was incredible from the start,” says Chris. “We feel great passion and love from everyone we have met.” Seven months after his diagnosis, Cohen finally received his new heart.
“Cohen is recovering miraculously and he has a new, energetic gift of life,” says Ashley. “We are truly so blessed.”
Besides checkups at Riley Hospital every three-to-six weeks, Cohen has been busy being a normal 5-year-old boy. His hobbies include playing with Legos and video games. The Austin family are also avid golfers—Cohen received his very first set of golf clubs this summer.
The family is thoroughly looking forward to participating in The Legends Championship activities this week, sharing Cohen’s story and serving as ambassadors for Riley.
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.
Donate at RileyKids.org