Gratitude from a Riley Dad
This Father’s Day, we honor Riley dads like Evodio Perez who support their children through difficult medical challenges.
When Evodio’s son, Jonathin, was 4 years old, he began experiencing flu-like symptoms and leg pain. His condition worsened quickly, and a team of specialists at Riley Children’s Health diagnosed Jonathin with necrotizing fasciitis and sepsis. They saved his life from the raging infection, but eventually had to amputate his right leg. Jonathin spent three months at Riley and learned to walk with a prosthetic leg.
Evodio shared more with us about what being a Riley dad means to him.
What was your experience like as a parent during Jonathin’s time at Riley?
Despite the terrible situation we were in, the staff was caring and helpful. Right away they sent someone to talk to us and make sure we were okay and understood what was going on. No one ever wants to be in that kind of situation, but I'm glad we were at Riley when it happened. They treated us like family members. After everything that happened and we had been there for a while, the staff got to know us and it made me feel even more confident leaving my kid in their hands when I couldn't be there.
What does being a Riley dad mean to you?
I don't have words to say how grateful I am just to be given the chance to spend more time with my kid. Being a Riley dad means I got that opportunity.
If you could share a message with other Riley parents who are earlier in their child’s medical journey, what would you say?
I'm sorry you're in the situation you're in. But, try not to worry, Riley's doctors, nurses, and other staff will do everything possible to make sure your kid can come home to you and your family.
If you could share a message with donors who support Riley Children’s Foundation, what would you say?
Thank you to those who have and do donate. And to anyone thinking about donating, don't even hesitate. Knowing that my kid was in their capable hands relieved so much stress for me. The donations don't just help the kids, they help the families as well.
We invite you to make a donation in honor of Evodio and all Riley dads.