Loretta Rush wins inaugural award from Riley Hospital for Children


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Tippecanoe County native and State Supreme Court Justice is Riley Hospital’s first Adult Champion for Children.

Loretta Rush was given the honor Wednesday evening in front of about 100 friends and community leaders, unveiling a license plate on a red wagon that will be used to take children around the hospital.

Red wagons are used to take children or their belongings to different areas of the hospital. Many have license plates which are either in memory or honor of children.

Each year, Riley Hospital for Children selects six to eight children to be champions. Rush is the first adult to be selected.

“I’ve had a lot of kids from Tippecanoe County that got Lifelined to Riley. I’ve had Riley in my court a lot testifying. Some of the hardest cases I’ve had they’ve treated, and they’ve treated great. So, I’m humbled to get the award,” said Rush.

The Lafayette Riley Regional Leadership Committee selected Rush. They hope to make it an annual event.

They also hope that the idea spreads to other committees around the state.

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