FWCS Celebrates Riley Champion, kicks off campaign
Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate Riley Champion Allyson Kimani, a student at Franke Park Elementary School, and kickoff its annual fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Franke Park Elementary, 828 Mildred Ave.
Allyson was named a Riley Champion for her positive perseverance after losing her right leg above the knee during a battle with the flu virus. Complications from influenza last spring required her to be airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children where she spent many days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on life support due to organ failure. Her recovery and return to school is an example of the determination Riley Kids exhibit. As a Riley Champion, she will be an ambassador for Riley throughout the year.
In celebrating Allyson, FWCS will also kick off its 10th annual fundraiser for the Riley Kids Caring & Sharing program. Last year, FWCS students and staff raised $42,025.36 for the Riley Children’s Foundation, making the district a Riley Corporation ($1 raised for every student in the district). FWCS will again work to become a Miracle Corporation, which means raising $1 for every student with participation from every school building.
Come to this celebration to hear more about Allyson and learn more about the fundraiser and the strong connection between Riley Hospital and Fort Wayne. In addition, two Paralympic Gold Medalists now working at Turnstone will be in attendance at the celebration. Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser have helped thousands of amputees through the Amputee Walking School, a free program designed to help amputees become mobile.
What: Riley Champion celebration and “Miracle Corporation” fundraiser kickoff
When: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18
Where: Franke Park Elementary, 828 Mildred Ave.