Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health hosts 5th Annual Riley Cancer Center Prom

by Wendy Schrepferman

February 01, 2014

In 2006, the fledgling organization, Women For Riley, set out to bring pediatric patients small joys and extra kindness by providing essentials, books and treats. Eight years later, these efforts and events such as The Riley Cancer Center Prom have spread more joy and healed more hearts than the group ever imagined! The prom event, which began with the vision of a magical evening for cancer patients, has become a valuable forum and bonding experience for families, friends, caregivers, medical personnel and volunteers across the state!

This year’s theme, Passport to Adventure, will allow families to visit the corners of the globe in just one night! Guests will experience unique cuisine, customs, music and incredible decorative displays as they “cruise” to New York City, Antarctica, Asia and Africa. On prom night, Fairbanks Hall will be unrecognizable beneath the cruise ship set, lanterns, lions, snow, foliage, city skylines and polar bears as volunteers ready the space in less than 24 hours.

Although this is a private event, Indy’s Child readers have the opportunity be a part of this extraordinary cause. Women for Riley, is currently collecting formal attire for girls and boys sizes toddler through size 16. “The greatest need this year is for ‘bling’ such as jewelry, evening bags and hair accessories as well as belts, ties and dress shoes,” says Debra Parker, Prom Chairperson. New items are preferred, however gently used clothing items will be accepted.

Jason Mueller of Riley Children’s Foundation sums up the event beautifully. “For one magical night these children trade hospital gowns for tuxedos and ball gowns, medical treatment for the Royal Treatment and stethoscopes for smiles.”

Donation details:

Donations can be delivered until February 28th to:

The Riley Children's Foundation Office

30 South Meridian Street, Suite 200

Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monetary donations are also welcomed by visiting