Twenty years ago when my in-laws conceived of the idea of the Miracle Ride, they did so without having any connection to Riley Hospital for Children. Who would have ever guessed that nineteen years later their first grandchild would need Riley.
In February of 2012 I was seven months pregnant when my appendix ruptured. Phebe stayed in during my surgery at Bloomington, but 24 hours later she was delivered naturally. Phebe was 10 weeks early and just 3.3 lbs. Riley’s emergency team arrived within the hour and Phebe spent her first six weeks of life in the NICU at Riley.
As a committee member of the Miracle Ride alongside my in-laws and husband, I was quite aware of how great Riley is, but you do not truly know until you witness it first hand. The nurses and doctors are truly amazing. They have nothing but your child’s best interest in mind. I feel extremely lucky because my child was only early due to something that was wrong with me.
Every year through the Miracle Ride we choose Riley families to serve as ambassadors to the event. One of my favorite Miracle Ride duties is being the main contact to the Riley families. They have all been truly remarkable people, who would do anything to raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children.
We will celebrate the 20th Miracle Ride May 31st – June 2nd , 2013 and this year’s donation should surpass $4 million total raised for Riley Hospital for Children. I must say that my in-laws Debby and Michael Farabaugh and my husband Ryan are truly remarkable people for having worked so hard for the past 20 years to raise funds for Riley through the Miracle Ride, and now we are a Riley Family. It is strange how life comes full circle.