Philanthropy is a very important part of Phi Mu and everything we do. Phi Mu’s national philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Delta Lambda chapter locally supports Riley Hospital for Children, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the fall, the Delta Lambda chapter benefits Riley Hospital for Children with the proceeds from Rock 4 Riley, a lip-syncing contest. In the spring, two philanthropies are hosted. Milkshakes for Miracles in which the proceeds go to Riley Hospital for Children.
We also host a giveback night which benefits Evansville Epilepsy Foundation. We have supported the Evansville Epilepsy Foundation since 2010 after our sister, Mandy, passed away from epilepsy.
A Letter from our Philanthropy Chairman:
My name is Kelly Nixon and I am the Delta Lambda Philanthropy Chair, a position I have worked for since joining the chapter in 2015. My relationship with our philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, goes far beyond my going on three years with Phi Mu. I was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome with pulmonary valve atresia and an atrial septal defect. These big words basically mean that at birth the right side of my heart was too small, that I was missing one of the four valves of the heart, and that I had a hole in the wall of my heart. Due to these conditions, I was life flighted to Riley Children’s Hospital, Indiana's local CMNH hospital, and thus began my journey with CMNH. In total I have had five hospital stays, four operations at Riley including two open-heart surgeries, four cath lab procedures, and yearly check-ups. Additionally, I have been allowed to shadow several CMNH hospital physicians, which is helping me to reach my goal of becoming a physician myself. My connection to CMNH is what drew me to this sisterhood, and is the reason I have worked hard to become our philanthropy chair. Overall, I am so very thankful for everything CMNH has given me and I hope to be able to give back to the organization and help other children who also face serious health problems.