Riley Families

Southern Indiana Dance Marathon


Our Riley families are the reason we are so inspired every year to raise more money for the kids. Riley families have the opportunity to participate in certain events we hold throughout the year, such as our annual Easter Egg Hunt. These events provide an opportunity for our families to become more connected with the University of Southern Indiana, as well as, our Riley Relations committee members and Executive Board. Our families are also invited to attend the actual Dance Marathon, this year on November 16th, where they will have the opportunity to interact with our participants and share their story with our campus. SIDM aims to create lifelong friendships and irreplaceable memories with our families, as we are super honored to fight for their lives and the many more who have been impacted by Riley Hospital for Children.

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming one of our Riley families? Please feel free to contact us at anytime via our Director of Riley Relations, Mariah Schwoeppe:

Our Riley Kids

Arielle Amara, the daughter of Sy Amara and Desiree Armstrong, has been treated at Riley Hospital for Children since she was a couple days old for her Bilateral Choanal Atresia and deviated septum. She is only 13 months old and has had 8 surgeries.

Charlie Whitten, the 11-year-old son of Sean and Lindsey Whitten, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg. He has been receiving treatments for several months and has had surgery to remove the tumor.

Payton Scheller, the 11-year-old daughter of Chris and Cindy Scheller, received a liver transplant at Riley Hospital for Children on December 22, 2018.