Riley Champion: FWCS Kicks Off Fundraising Effort for Riley Children's Foundation

Published 02/10 2014 06:47PM

Updated 02/11 2014 08:38AM

Every February 10th in Fort Wayne will be celebrated at “Diana Overman Day.” This straight from Mayor Henry at a ceremony at Harris Elementary School. Diana Overman is a fifth grader at Harris Elementary School, and a ‘Riley Champion.’

"I’m your typical 11-year-old but I’m also your typical 11-year-old with major issues,” said Overman.

Diana is referring to her constant need for medical attention. Born a preemie, with cerebral palsy, she is currently battling thyroid cancer.

"I would probably not be here if it weren’t for my doctors at Lutheran and Riley," she said.

Diana doesn’t let anything get in her way.

"If I don’t be positive and I don’t deal with it, then I let it win and that's just silly," said Overman.

Diana has been an ambassador for Riley Children’s Foundation. She has helped raise thousands of dollars over the years by speaking to groups and making appearances at events.

"I don’t sit on my bottom and don’t do anything," she added.

Her mother Karen Rodenback says she doesn’t know what she would do without riley's.

"I personally can’t even come close to giving back the money that riley has put into my daughter but by spreading the word of what riley does and means that's our way of helping," said Rodenback.

Monday marks the beginning of 'Hearts Helping Riley,' a fundraiser by FWCS to benefit Riley's Children’s Foundation. The district hopes to raise one dollar for each student, which translates into roughly $31,000. That’s thousands more dollars for a foundation to ensure a bright future for children in need like Diana. Diana says she wants to move to Los Angeles to be an actress.

"It won’t be too long before I’m in high school and shooting to go to Ball State [University],” she said.


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