OUR RILEY KIDS

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Maison gibson

Maison, along with his sister Makenna, have been a part of BSUDM for many years. Maison is seven years old and has Down syndrome. He loves swimming, football, soccer, and he especially loves to dance! You can catch Maison at our Riley Kid Talent Show every year impressing the crowd with his smooth moves. 

 

 

Makenna gibson

Makenna, along with her brother Maison, have been a part of BSUDM for many years. She is ten years old and has Cortical Visual Impairment and Cerebral Palsy. She loves notebooks, purses, and Sophia the First. Makenna is full of energy and always eager to meet new people!

 

 

 

Emily mcelyea

Emily is a six year old kindergartener. Her sister Sabrina, and parents Heather and Bill have been very actively involved with BSUDM family events over the past couple of years. Emily has Tracheoesophageal fistula. She loves riding bikes, running around, coloring with chalk, Frozen and Scooby Doo.

 

 

 

Josh hatton

Josh is a sixteen year old high school student. He has a kidney disease and received a kidney transplant in 2012. Josh's sister, Rachel, is heavily involved in BSUDM and has been a Riley Relations committee member for the past two years. Josh enjoys all sports, specifically soccer and golf. He is a member of National Honor Society, Youth Group, and Hendricks County Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

 

 

Hannah jacobs

Hannah is a twenty year old freshman at Ball State University. Despite having been diagnosed with spina bifida, Hannah continues to give back to Riley in every way she can. She served as the president of Plymouth High School's Dance Marathon and is now a member of the Independent Recruitment committee for BSUDM. Hannah enjoys kayaking, talking on the phone and anything DM related! 

 

 

Isabelle cadwell

Isabelle Cadwell is a spunky seven year old. She has osteomyetitis, but does not let that hold her back. She is very involved in Girl Scouts and gymnastics. She loves playing guitar, coloring, writing short stories, cooking, singing, swimming and sewing. Isabella has an older sister named Lillian and her favorite color is pink.

 

 

Riley lesh

Riley Lesh is a thirteen year old girl who bleeds all things DM. She originally became a Riley kid because she was extremely premature. Riley participates in competitive gymnastics and loves to read. Riley helped put on the first ever InspireDM which is a marathon put on by Riley families in support of Riley Hospital for Children.

 

 

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Haleigh allen

Haleigh Allen is fourteen years old and the oldest sibling in her family. Haleigh has alopecia areata but still remains very active in school and sports. Haleigh is involved in softball, basketball and theater. Her family is very active with BSUDM family events.

 

 

 

Danica louks

Danica is a vibrant ten year old who has seen her fair share of hardships. She struggles with chiari malformation, psuedo tumor cerebri, epilepsy seizures and eye disease. Despite these setbacks, Danica remains a very positive little girl with lots of energy. She is involved in cheerleading and volleyball.

 

 

 

Brayden allen

Brayden Allen is a rambunctious seven year old boy who never ceases to run out of energy. Brayden has tuberous sclerosis, autism, seizures and chronic lung disease. Nevertheless, Brayden is a very active child and is involved in soccer, swimming and baseball. He keeps the BSUDM members on their toes at family events with his energetic personality.

 

 

Aylor caudill

Aylor Caudill is six years old and is the youngest member of his family. Aylor originally became a Riley kid because he had an ENT at Riley for his ears. Like his brother Brayden, Aylor is very energetic and is involved in soccer, basketball and swimming.

 

 

 

Mickey deputy

Mickey Deputy is eighteen years old and is very active in all things DM. Mickey was diagnosed with down syndrome and also had open heart surgery at ten months old. She was also diagnosed with acute lymphomic leukemia at seven years old. Mickey loves to dance and always has a routine in the BSUDM Riley kid talent show. Mickey is also a Colts Jr Cheerleader and is in Best Buddies and her school choir. She is a huge advocate for Riley Hospital for Children.

 

 

braden tamosaitis

Braden Tamosaitis is a ten year old boy who never ceases to have a smile on his face. Braden has spina bifida but he has never let that diagnosis define him. Braden was a 2014 Riley Champion and is an honorary member of the Indy 11. Braden’s sister Sierra attends the Indiana Academy and was involved in planning the first ever InspireDM.

 

 

Diana overman

Diana Overman is a sweet and caring thirteen year old who has been involved with BSUDM for many years. Diana has Cerebral palsy, thyroid cancer and chronic lung disease. She has been a Riley Champion and is involved with her school choir. Diana and her family are very actively involved in Dance Marathons around Indiana.

 

 

Sarah rodenbeck

Sarah Rodenbeck is ten years old and is Diana’s younger sister. Sarah originally went to Riley for asthma and digestive issues. Sarah is very involved in the Fort Wayne’s Children’s Choir and her school choir. She loves to draw, write poems and attend dance marathons.

 

 

austin wilkerson

Austin Wilkerson is a fifteen year old Riley kid. His history with Riley stems from coarctation of the aorta and bicuspidal valve of the heart. Austin is involved in band and basketball. His interests include gaming systems, Lord of the Rings, super heroes and movies. Austin’s aunt Paige is on the Morale committee for BSUDM.