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It’s Been a While, But We Haven’t Stopped!


Did you notice? It’s a small change, but one we hope will make a big impact, especially with potential donors who come across our cause through social media or search engines.

From the onset, our mission has been to raise funds for the extremely underfunded cancer research for children. So it only makes sense to add “Children’s” to our Endowment name.



We Have a New $1.5 Million Commitment at Riley Children’s Foundation

At the beginning of this year, we began contributing to a newly established $1.5 million gift to the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This endowed fund will be used to research all types of childhood cancers, which is essential since cancer remains the #1 cause of death by disease for children in America.

We will continue to support Dr. Jamie Renbarger, as our Endowed Chair, and her Precision Genomics Program at Riley Children’s Health, through our renamed endowed fund, Caroline Symmes Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research. We know how important this Non-Central Nervous System Solid Tumor program is and the cutting-edge genome-based research Dr. Renbarger and her team are doing. We are proud that since 2014, we have contributed $3.3 million to this fund.

Less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year. We are thrilled that we are beginning to fund research for all pediatric cancers, since it is so needed; and it is all because of the support from our generous donors.


It took longer than we expected, but it was worth the wait!


We are excited to announce that we have secured office space for our first headquarters – thanks to Kite Realty!

We are hosting Teen Board meetings in the new space, selling our Endowment merchandise and will soon be setting specific hours. Once our hours are set, we hope you will stop by!

1352 S. Rangeline Road
Carmel, IN 46032

Come and Join Us!

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Country Club of Indianapolis
2801 Country Club Road, Indianapolis, IN 46234

Registration is open!

Interested in a Sponsorship? Find information here!


Introducing Maggie Taylor! She is a senior at Hanover College. Maggie is from Crawfordsville, Indiana and graduated from Southmont High School in 2018. She is a Business and Communication double major and serves on the executive board for Chi Omega Fraternity as the Recruitment Chair and Hanover College’s Dance Marathon as the Marketing Executive. Through Dance Marathon at Hanover College, Maggie discovered her passion for children’s health. “I am excited to continue following my passion through this internship!”


On June 13th, the Endowment’s Teen Board had a joint meeting ~ ending the current year and beginning the next one!

Liz Elkas, President and CEO (pictured above)


Karen Spataro, Chief Communications Officer at Riley Children’s Foundation spoke about the importance of fundraising for the Endowment in their individual and collective roles as teen board members.

We have said goodbye to 9 seniors,

but we are excited to see what our new Board is already doing!

(The executive committee board members are highlighted.)

We have high expectations!


Avon High School

Zainab Syed (returning for 2nd year); Chair, Marketing Committee



Kendall Claymon (returning for 2nd year); President

Natalie Symmes (new)


Carmel High School

Rhea Bhatia (new); Co-Chair Individual Fundraising Committee

Ella Konow (returning for 2nd year)


Franklin Central High School

Ryan Miller (returning for 2nd year)


Homestead High School

MaKayla Waugh (returning for 2nd year); Chair, Remote Committee


North Central High School

Sawyer Husain (returning for 3rd year)

Lucy Neal (returning for 3rd year); Secretary

Ella Self (new)

Keneisha Still (returning for 3rd year)

Emma Vermilion (returning for 3rd year)


Park Tudor School

Hannah Loewen (new); Co-Chair, Runway for Riley Committee

Hadley Murphy (new)

Katherine Queisser (new); Co-Chair, Runway for Riley Committee

Lara Rahman (new)

Rachel Shore (returning for 3rd year)


University High School

Ronelle Dorant (returning for 3rd year)

Gabe Mervis (returning for 2nd year); Chair, Merchandise Committee


Zionsville Community High School

Braden Dubash (new)

Teren Dubash (returning for 2nd year); Co-Chair Individual Fundraising Committee

Hannah Fulford (new)


We are excited to begin funding all childhood cancers through our newly established fund:  Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

As we begin to contribute to our new fund, we need your help!

If you are able to, please consider making a donation. 

You are helping us make a difference!


A Note from David and Libby

We wanted to let you know about a change within our family. It is with thoughtful consideration and mutual respect that we have made the difficult decision to end our marriage. Our priority will always be our children, Natalie and Sully, and to continue to raise them in a happy and loving environment.

We remain as dedicated as ever to this Endowment that we started together. With Caroline, we experienced first-hand the lack of critical funding needed to research childhood cancers. We made a promise to fight for Caroline, and we are committed to keeping that promise and taking this Endowment to new heights.

Although our decision comes with a great deal of sadness, we are comforted to be surrounded by the love and support of our friends and community.

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