11-year-old named 2014 Riley Champion

Riley Champion, Diana Overman.
Riley Champion, Diana Overman.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A fifth grader at Harris Elementary School was honored as the 2014 Riley Champion presented by Kroger on Monday.

11-year-old  Diana Overman was born with cerebral palsy, coped with a major stomach illness and is now in her second battle with thyroid cancer. She has already undergone 46 surgeries.

“I love proving people wrong,” said Overman. “I love being the girl that everybody doubts and everybody says, ‘Diana that’s nuts.’ Well guess what- I’ve done the impossible once and I’ll do it again.”

Diana says she gives back to Riley because there are millions of children like her and she refuses to just sit back while they die.

The event honoring Overman also helped kick off Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Kids Caring and Sharing fundraiser, which allows students the chance to help other children. FWCS sets a goal every year of becoming a Miracle Corporation, which means raising $1 for every student in the district. In 2013, the district raised $35,562.18 during their Hearts for Riley campaign.

About Riley Champions

Riley Champions presented by Kroger is a program that launched six years ago to honor Riley Hospital for Children patients who have inspired communities with their bravery and commitment to help others. Riley Champions reach beyond their own medical challenges to give meaning to their struggles. The 2014 Class of Riley Champions honored seven Riley patients throughout Indiana.

Full list of 2014 Riley Champions

  • Sneha Dave, 15, Greenwood (ulcerative colitis)
  • Owen George, 13, Newburgh (spina bifida)
  • Diana Overman, 11, Fort Wayne (cerebral palsy; thyroid cancer)
  • Paige Rawl, 19, Indianapolis (HIV)
  • Dylan Shumaker, 16, Bremen (spinal cord cancer)
  • Carter Swathwood, 9, Lafayette (H1N1 flu; respiratory failure)
  • J.T. Wood, 17, Indianapolis (heart surgery)

About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times – including more than 3,800 patient visits involving children from Allen and surrounding counties. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. RileyKids.org 

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