What we fund


Bob Baxter, former president of Riley Children’s Foundation (1991-1996), started the Magic Castle Cart program over 14 years ago as a way administer Smile Therapy℠ to Riley patients and remain connected to the hospital. Volunteers distribute gifts including puzzles, stuffed animals, funny glasses, crayons and coloring books, lip gloss, playing cards and other treats for the children. The Magic Castle Cart program has around 12 volunteers who distribute more than 20,000 gifts to patients, siblings and parents annually. Approximately $30,000 is required annually to maintain the fleet of two carts, one specifically tailored to Ball State University.


Pediatric Palliative care is specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. The Palliative Care Team works with children and their families to find what they believe is a high quality life whether that means not stepping foot in another hospital again, being accepted to college and so much more, they work to make that a reality. They focus on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family.

Above all, pediatric palliative care is family-centered. It helps with communication and coordination of care between the families and their doctors. With the close communication that palliative care provides, families are better able to choose options that in line with with their values, traditions and culture. This improves the well-being of the entire family.