A local teen has been selected as a 2017 Riley Champion, a designation only given to eight courageous individuals a year.
Mason Metzger, of Silver Lake, joined the seven other Riley Champions from across the state last weekend at an unforgettable kick-off event. The children served as Riley Coin Toss Kids at the Indianapolis Colts game Sunday, Oct. 30 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Warsaw Community High School senior says that at first glance, some people might underestimate him. But once the 17-year-old shares his story, he hopes others are inspired by his humor, positive attitude and accomplishments.
Mason was born two months prematurely, began receiving therapy at three months of age and was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at 1—thus beginning a long relationship with the Cerebral Palsy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Mason continuously pushes himself to the boundary of his comfort zone.
He’s dreamed of becoming a motivational speaker since eighth grade, and he’s recently made it happen. Since 2014 he has spoken to nearly 30 groups about perseverance, hope and purpose.
Mason will also be honored at the Riley Children’s Foundation Annual Luncheon on Nov. 18 during a special presentation at Warsaw Community High School and within local Owen’s Supermarkets.
2017 Riley Champions
- Garrett Adams, Greenfield, Ind.
- Sydney Clifford, Franklin, Ind.
- Lexi Fuchs, Roachdale, Ind.
- Allyson Kimani, Fort Wayne
- Mason Metzger, Silver Lake, Ind.
- Jason Reeves, Evansville
- Grace Rinkel, LaPorte, Ind.
- Bella Simons, Carmel, Ind.
Riley Champions Presented by Kroger is a program that honors patients from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health who have inspired communities with their bravery and commitment to help others despite overcoming medical challenges. These children will serve as advocates and ambassadors for Riley by sharing their stories and participating in special events throughout the year.