Local Girl Gives Back to Hospital


A local girl who bravely battles a chronic disease is giving back to the hospital that’s been there for her, during so much of her journey.

Callista Dillion is a third grader at Dixie Bee Elementary.

She was diagnosed with a chronic, autoimmune disease called Scleroderma, which hardens connective tissue.

Callista was treated at Riley Children’s Hospital and wanted to give back to them for helping her so much.

Through various fundraisers, she raised $1924 to purchase a red wagon for the hospital’s north campus.

On Friday, the hospital presented a wagon in Callista’s name.

“I thought they gave a lot to me because when they did my treatment and everything, I thought it’d be nice to give money back for a wagon,” says Callista.

Chelsea Cantu with the Riley Children’s Foundation says the hospital was touched.

“It’s amazing that, like Callista’s family, they’re going through a lot and the fact that they’ve taken time and energy, and their resources to give back to Riley, that deserves to be celebrated,” says Cantu.

The red wagons help transport children at Riley to wherever they may need to go for treatments.

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