When Indiana State University junior Ellen Gottman underwent her first brain surgery nearly 10 years ago at Riley Hospital for Children, nurses and other healthcare professionals were essential to boosting her and her family's morale.
"Nurses would go out of their way, and one nurse braided my hair," said Gottman. "They helped you out not just medically. They were always there."
That positive experience with the hospital led Gottman, a human development/family studies major from Evansville and a student in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, to serve dual roles as vice president and secretary of ISU's Dance Marathon, which benefits Riley Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.