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By Sam Hoffman
Diana Overman, 11, a fifth grader at Harris Elementary School won a Riley Champion award on Monday.

FWCS honors Riley Champion Diana Overman

Fort Wayne Community Schools celebrated its 2014 Riley Champion, Diana Overman, on Monday at the kickoff to its annual fundraiser for the Riley Hospital for Children, according to a statement from FWCS.

Diana, 11, is a fifth-grader at Harris Elementary School who was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit as a baby at Riley, battled a stomach illness and is now facing her second battle with thyroid cancer, the statement said. She will serve as an ambassador for Riley throughout the year.

Each year, Riley Champions honors patients at Riley Hospital for Children who inspire communities with their bravery and their commitment to helping others. The 2014 Class of Riley Champions honors seven Riley patients throughout Indiana, the statement said.

Along with celebrating Overman’s accomplishments Monday, the school district kicked off its seventh annual fundraiser for the Riley Kids Caring & Sharing program, which raised $35,562 for the Riley Children’s Foundation last year, the statement said. To qualify as a Miracle Corporation, the district must raise $1 for every student.