Hi Treinen Family,
I doubt that you know who I am, but I took care of Michael in March 2008 when he was hospitalized at Riley. At the time, I was a first year pediatric resident, and taking care of Michael was such a privilege. I was really struck by his great attitude, even when he had to be feeling awful! I was also on call the night he passed away and was there in the PICU as he was being worked on. I have unfortunately known several Riley patients during residency who have passed away, but Michael's death was the one that I think affected me the most. I was so lucky to have been able to get to know him even a little bit when I helped to take care of him!
I am now a chief resident for the peds residency program, and yesterday I attended the Riley Children's Foundation luncheon. The reason I write today is that Michael was mentioned TWICE at this lunch! The featured speaker yesterday was Tony Dungy, and he mentioned Michael during his speech (and he said he still wears the Noblesville LaCrosse sweatshirt Michael gave him!) Michael was also mentioned in a video clip featuring a patient named Eric Metz who has organized a half-marathon to raise money for Riley. He mentioned Michael's name when talking about a couple of people he met during his time at Riley who inspired him.
I just wanted to show you yet another way that Michael continues to touch people's lives, even now. I know he did mine!