Fan Feed

Blog > Fan Feed > 3 Riley Kids, 3 Radio Guys, 1 Incredible Cause

3 Riley Kids, 3 Radio Guys, 1 Incredible Cause

Riley Children's Foundation Giving Tuesday 2017

This Giving Tuesday, the Fan Fam has joined forces with Riley Children's Foundation as JMV, Dan Dakich and Big Joe Staysniak have each partnered up with a Riley Kid who knows exactly how special Riley is and who want YOU to give at! 

Meet JMV's Riley Kid, Gracie of Danville:


Grace Bennett was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at Riley Hospital for Children. She had surgery, underwent two years of chemotherapy and was stable for a year before she began having seizures. To help stop her seizures, Riley Pediatric Neurosurgeon Jodi Smith, M.D. removed the tumor in her right frontal lobe. Grace has become an inspiration to her community because of her strength and motivation to give back to Riley Hospital. Grace has shared her story in Riley videos, dance marathons and other events, and every summer and fall her family hosts a softball tournament to fund wishes for local families. Grace loves to play softball and continues to do so, even after her three surgeries.

Use code JMV when you donate at


Meet Ben, Dan's Riley Kid from New Palestine:

In the spring of 2011, Ben Edwards, then 18 months old, was diagnosed with brain cancer. In the past seven years, Ben has undergone more than seven surgeries and over thirty proton therapy treatments—but he is cancer free! As a history teacher, Chris Edwards, Ben’s dad, was inspired to dedicate himself to his students the same way he saw Riley staff dedicate themselves to their patients. Royalties from his five-volume textbook series, “Connecting the Dots in World History: A Teacher’s Literacy Based Curriculum” benefit Dance Marathon at Fishers High School. Ben’s dad is also an active blogger for Riley Children’s Foundation. You can keep up with Ben and the Edwards family right here.
Use code DD when you donate at

Meet Mason Lee, Big Joe's Riley Kid from Greenwood:

Mason was born with a congenital heart defect called Truncus Arteriosis. At less than 1 month old, he received his first open heart surgery at Riley Hospital for Children. He will have to continue to have his conduit valve replaced every five to 10 years for the rest of his life. Mason is a very active boy often running circles around other kids his age. He is always happy and loves to make people laugh. He also LOVED Big Joe's Superbowl Rings! Learn more about the Lee's Riley story here.
Use code GBJ when you donate at



Instead of spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, Riley Children’s Foundation and 1070 The Fan are encouraging Hoosiers to save their money for Giving Tuesday. Before you head home for the day November 28th, The Fan and JMV are giving you some awesome reasons to join Riley Children's Foundation at the Circle Centre Mall food court for Giving Tuesday Activities! 

Each hour from 3p-7p the first 20 people who donate blood or $20 minimum in that hour will receive a gift PLUS everyone who stops by in that specific hour can register to win an even bigger prize (details below)! JMV will also be doing a LIVE broadcast from 3p-7p! Come donate the gift of life through a blood donation with Indiana Blood Center outside of Circle Centre, then come upstairs to the food court and say "Hi!" to JMV!

  • 3p hour - First 20 will get a Lids Gift Card and an Indy Eleven Scarf. Everyone who comes during the 3p hour can register to win a pair of Colts tix, IU Basketball tickets and Butler Basketball tickets!
  • 4p hour - First 20 to show up will receive Giordano's Pizza and Royal Pin Gift Cards. Everyone who comes during the 4p hour can register to win a Yeti Prize Pack valued at $400 courtesy of Sullivan's Hardware!
  • 5p hour - First 20 will get Car-X and Penn Station Gift Cards. Everyone who shows up in 5p hour can register to win a $100 Prime 47 Gift Card!
  • 6p hour - This is our POWER HOUR! If you haven't donated get here now!!  First 20 get a $100 gift card to Diamonds Direct. Everyone who comes by during 6p hour can register to win a pair of Colts tickets and VIP tailgate passes courtesy of Bullseye Event Group. (Your choice between Broncos game on Dec. 14th and the Dec. 31st game vs Texans).

More info on our Events Page here!

If you can't stop bydonate online and participate in an online Q&A session with Gregg Doyel, Bob Kravitz, John Andretti, Blue, Rowdy and more! Once 400 people donate, Fairway Outdoor will pitch in $15,000! French Lick Resort will also be matching every donation up to $200,000! So come on out for a great cause!

Sarah Crabill | Getty Images It's not the Monday Night Football booth, but Indy's favorite son will be making his...
@Justin_Whitaker| Instagram The Pacers star won over the entire city and state with his performance on the floor...
Kevin Mazur | Getty Images The face of the Pacers is now the face of a major clothing line. Oladipo tops the list...
Getty Images The Monday after the Colts don't play is one of the worst Mondays of the year around the office, and...
Did you try to tune in to the Colts game via the 1070 The Fan app,'s live stream, TuneIn or iHeart apps and, to your dismay, NOT hear the game?!