What Is Riley Hospital For Children All About? (VIDEO)

By Linda Jackson

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, In. (21Alive) -- This late fall and winter, ABC 21Alive and sister station NBC33 are taking part in a first of its kind partnership.

We're helping to spread the word about the amazing things that happen at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in the hopes of raising awareness... and funding.

Katie Law and I are proud to be Riley Moms ourselves, to share our families' personal stories and to be a part of this important project.

Riley Hospital for Children may be located in Indianapolis, but children from all across the Hoosier state and the country are treated there.

Established in 1924, Riley is today known around the world for specialized children's care in several areas including cancer, cardiology, neurology, transplant and urology.

When Fort Wayne hospitals and others don't have the specialized staff, resources or equipment to deal with certain unique childhood health concerns, Riley is often the suggestion and the solution.

Riley Hospital for Children is also known as a research hospital. Often, those unique childhood health concerns dealt with at Riley are used to teach doctors and nurses across the country. Research and findings are constantly shared. Staff at Riley partner with researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine as well to try and discover new therapies that can help children long into the future.

Riley Hospital for Children is non-profit. The Foundation raises money and accepts donations in order to provide staff with state-of-the art tools and information on a daily basis. Riley turns no family away if finances are a concern.

And administrators and staff with Riley Hospital for Children pride themselves on family-centered care. A young patient and each family member automatically become part of the Riley family.

At Riley Hospital for Children, "The Gift of Hope Happens Here."

You can see the stories Nov. 5-8 on NBC33 at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on 21Alive at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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