Inspired by a Survivor
Worzala has first-hand knowledge of Riley’s: His son Joey was under the hospital’s care for more than three years as he battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). (Joey, who just turned 7, was declared cancer-free in January.)
“As a family/patient, we got to know many of the Riley staff well over the duration of his treatment,” Worzala explains. “The Child Life group was a huge help to Joey during his treatment—the employees offer distractions for children during treatment days. They work with the kids on crafts or play games with them to keep their mind off what is happening.”
Davidson was so impressed by their services and quality of care that he gave Worzala and the rest of the Renewal by Andersen of Indiana team the green light to hold fundraisers for the hospital.
Making a Difference in 4 Communities
In June 2016, the Davidson Group donated $10 for every window the Indianapolis location sold in the central Indiana, South Bend, and Fort Wayne areas. The effort raised nearly $8,700 to provide supplies and resources for the hospital’s Child Life team. The Davidson Group also donated $10,000 to the Riley Children’s Foundation.
The Indianapolis location also partnered with the hospital on its #GiveHope campaign late last year, and sponsored an hour of programming during a recent radiothon on Indianapolis station WFMS-95.5 that benefited Riley Children’s.
More recently, this past March, all four of the Davidson Group’s Renewal by Andersen locations (Indianapolis; South Bend, Indiana; Greater Michigan; and Cincinnati-Dayton, Ohio) donated $10 to a children’s charity for every window they sold. Indianapolis’ and South Bend’s donations went to Riley, Michigan’s went to the state chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Cincinnati-Dayton’s went to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Each location donated a minimum of $5,000.
“When we spoke with the children’s services folks at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, we learned that they get the least amount of donations. Most go to research and facilities, so we designated our giving there to the hospital’s North Child Life area,” Davidson explains.
“Our donation to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital funded the purchase of 7-10 laptop computers for young patients’ rooms. At our Greater Michigan location, we chose to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, again because of Jeff’s son Joey, who went on a trip to Disney World through Make-A-Wish. We funded one ‘wish’ last year, and we’ll probably fund two to three this year.”
The Reward of Giving Back