By Maureen Gilmer, IU Health senior writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harper Jent wanted to spread some love to Riley Children’s Health team members, and she knew just how to do it.
The 11-year-old Bloomington resident brought 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to share with nurses, physicians and administrative staff as her way of saying thank you for their care and kindness when she was a patient in January.
The sixth-grader, who is followed by surgery, oncology and the pain management team at Riley, sees Dr. Brian Gray and Dr. Tyler Severance. She is an active Girl Scout and somewhat of an overachiever when it comes to cookies sales.
Two years ago, she sold over 4,000 boxes. This year, she notched just over 3,000 sold.
Every year, some people who buy cookies don’t actually take the cookies, they just want to support the Girl Scouts. So Harper gives the excess back to a different group each year.
This year, it made sense to give back to Riley.
Harper brought 25 boxes to one of her nurses on the ninth floor to share a couple weeks ago, and last week when she came in for an appointment, she delivered another 175 boxes to a team of clinicians.
Caree Jent said the nurses and physicians took great care of her daughter during a scary time.
“We were blessed to be at Riley for sure.”
Dr. Severance called Harper’s donation “an incredibly kind act for an incredible young lady.”