Riley Kid to announce Colts draft picks

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Riley Kid Announcing Colts' Draft Picks
Riley Kid announcing Colts' picks

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Children at Riley Hospital will introduce Colts fans to some of the team's newest players during this weekend's NFL Draft.

“When she was diagnosed, we started chemo immediately,” Tera Orman said.

She is talking about her 16-year-old daughter, Madi, who has fought the good fight against leukemia for the last year.

The Indianapolis Colts have noticed and Saturday the Riley Kid from Greene County will be announcing one of the team's draft picks on national television.

It may not seem like it, but Madi Moore is doing her homework. The rural Linton High School junior has a big assignment coming Saturday. She is one of three Riley Kids who will be announcing the Colts draft picks from Riley Hospital on the NFL Network.

“I was excited for her because she’s a big Colts fan so who wouldn’t want to do that if you are a big Colts fan,” her mother Tera Orman said as the two sat in the living room of their Jasonville home.

“I was really excited. She said, 'You will be on TV,' and I was like, 'Wow',” Madi added.

Madi was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2018.

“It was ten days of chemo. It didn’t work. So they came to us and said we need a transplant, chemo didn’t work,” Orman said.

She needed a bone marrow transplant, which took place in August.

And now?

“Everything is great. She is cancer free. 100%. Doing great,” Tera declared with pride.

“I think one of the most impressive things about Madi is despite everything she has faced, she continues to wake up and put a smile on her face everyday and say, 'Today is a good day, because I don’t have leukemia today',” Dr. Jodi Skiles said.

She gets to go back to Riley for a different reason Saturday.

“Yes I get to go visit,” Madi said.

Does she have any nerves for her big appearance?

“Oh yes, I’ll be nervous. I will try not to show it, but I will,” she answered honestly.

She is still coping with graft vs. host, which is common for transplant patients, but all this excitement is almost as big as when she was named homecoming queen while she was still in the hospital. Her classmates made a life-sized poster of her so they could honor her. On Saturday, she will be there in person. She wouldn’t miss it.

This story has been corrected to show Tera was diagnosed in 2018, not 2008.