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WOW! Superheroes Delight Young Patients at Riley Children's Hospital

The Short of It

Calling all superheroes to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis! On August 25th, employees from wireless retailer TCC participated in a "Rally for Riley," event dressed as comic book superheroes, and donated $1 million dollars to go toward a new activity room and to help parents who can't afford treatment for their kids. Heroic, indeed!

The Lowdown

TCC sent employees from 37 states to the celebration dressed in superhero costumes. Batman, Hulk, Ironman, Wonder Woman and more caped characters gathered to celebrate a $1 million dollar donation that will fund a cool new art and activity room for the children's hospital. "Children visit the physicians of Riley Hospital more than 300,000 times each year for hope and healing," said Ryan McCarty, director of customer and employee relations for TCC. "Amidst regular doctor's visits and checkups, we want to help take the patients' minds off their health issues and allow them to just be kids. The art therapy room will give the children and teens of Riley Hospital an outlet for putting their imaginations and artistic abilities to use."

Highlighting an already epic day, one little Batman-obsessed boy got to celebrate his birthday with Batman. "There were a lot of smiles and a lot of tears of joy," McCarthy told People, adding that while the employees were the ones dressed up, it was the kids who proved to be the real-life superheroes. To cap off the day, virtually everyone (docs, staff, patients, and the characters) joined hands to signify hugging the hospital. 

The Upshot

As someone who spent time in the hospital as a child after an 11-hour spinal fusion surgery, I really related to this piece. There's nothing worse than being stuck in a hospital bed with nothing to do but watch cartoons. I remember therapy pups visiting me, but this event and massive donation for a new playroom is really going make these young patients happy. Everyone needs a break from being sick. Thank you TCC! 

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