Riley was diagnosed with a rare type of pediatric cancer, Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT) in November 2009. This meant we would be undergoing chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and radiation for the next nine months. During this time we discovered that the children were taken care of at the highest level but the parents were overlooked. 

We had received some great tips from other parents who were “seasoned veterans” at treatment and that is when the light bulb went off…if only there was a way to provide these creature comforts to other families. Gifts From Riley was born. 

The name for our foundation came from the many “gifts” that we have received from Riley. She has taught us to accept the hand that was dealt to us but not to give up hope and to always fight. She has been truly an inspiration to everyone who has had the opportunity to meet her. She keeps us going every day with her tenacious spirit and attitude. Riley is a remarkable little girl.


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