HUNTINGTON, Ind. (FDN) In this current time of crisis, professors and college students have changed the way learning takes place. The broadcast junior project class at Huntington University planned to host a fundraising event on campus to benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation. After it was announced that the remainder of the semester would be cancelled, the four women who make up this class decided to go digital in their efforts to make a difference.
Every Friday in the month of April, a Huntington University student who has been impacted by Riley was featured. All campaign updates and content were posted on FDN and Huntington University social media pages. This digital media campaign lasted through Thursday, April 30th.
Prize winners and the grand total donation of $1,162 were revealed on Forester Digital Network’s Facebook page on April 30th. The team is grateful for everyone who donated and supported this campaign.
Feature Friday Stories
Huntington native Conner West was an average high school student at Huntington North High School when what seemed like nothing more than exhaustion, became a diagnosis he was not prepared for. Conner was treated at Riley Children’s Hospital for acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, a form of leukemia. Today, he is cancer-free and attending Huntington University, majoring in sports management.
North Webster native Taylor Haywood is a junior broadcast media major who spent much of her Kindergarten year being treated at Riley. Taylor had several different diagnoses surrounding stomach, intestine, and bladder infections. Looking back, she is grateful for the doctors and volunteers at Riley who made her feel comfortable and calmed her fears.
Faith Hill and BethAnn Bleemel
BethAnn Bleemel and Faith Hill both came into Huntington as freshman Two were astonished to find that their meeting at HU was not a meeting at all, but a reunion. To their surprise, the two students discover that they were roommates at Riley Children’s hospital years before.