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Schleppy to be honored Friday

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Carmen Schleppy today.
More than 300 students and 40 faculty at Jackson Township Elementary School will gather Friday, Feb. 1, at 12:45 p.m., to honor 9-year-old Carmen Schleppy as a 2013 Riley Champion presented by Kroger.

Nearly two years ago, Carmen was warming up near her fireplace when her skirt caught fire, causing burns to 60 percent of her body.

She spent three months at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, home of Indiana's only pediatric burn center.

Carmen Schleppy when she returned from her three-month stay at Riley Hospital for Children. [Order this photo]
Carmen's can-do attitude has helped her not only overcome her ordeal, but also learn to help others.

She raises money for Hoosier Burn Camp, and is working with former Riley Hospital nurses to start Compression for Compassion, a program to send compression garments to burn survivors in third world countries.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham will read a proclamation announcing Feb. 1, 2013, as "Carmen Schleppy Day," in the city.

A banner will be unveiled for the school to display in her honor and Kroger will present flowers and a personalized cake.

The school is also hosting a "Hat Day," Friday to raise money for Hoosier Burn Camp, and a book fair begins Monday to raise funds for Riley Hospital.

Wyndham, Jackson Township Elementary School Principal Jeff Fritz, Riley Children's Foundation Special Projects Officer Cassie Martin, and Brazil Kroger Manager Kevin Lozier will be special presenters at the event.

Carmen's family will also be in attendance.

Riley Champions presented by Kroger is a program that launched five 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 struggle.

The 2013 Class of Riley Champions honors only eight Riley patients throughout Indiana.

On Nov. 3, 2012, Carmen and the other Riley Champions were honored on the court at an Indiana Pacers game. On Nov. 4, 2012, they received limousine transportation to Lucas Oil Stadium and were honored as Coin Toss Kids at the Indianapolis Colts' game.

On Nov. 15, 2012, they were officially honored as Riley Champions at the Riley Annual Luncheon in Indianapolis by former Riley Hospital patient and two-time Olympic Gold Medal soccer player Lauren Cheney.

Other Riley Champions include Breana Allen, 18, Indianapolis, Cole Barnett, 14, Newburgh, Anissa Bredemeyer, 15, Roanoke, Hannah Jacobs, 17, Plymouth, Jonathan Nugent, 15, Valparaiso, Alex Rice, 17, Bloomington, and Megan Whitaker, 14, New Market.

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Good for you Carmen! So happy you are doing well and God bless you for all you are doing for others.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 30, 2013, at 10:14 PM

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