His only wish is to experience EPCOT at Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.
Riley appeared healthy until he started experiencing extreme fatigue… his parents also noticed that he had dilated pupils. Before feeling lethargic, Riley was very active and excelled in baseball – he was on a path of playing it professionally. His dream was cut short when he started experiencing additional symptoms including balance and vision issues. Up until this point, his symptoms were very subtle, and nobody could have guessed it was a cause for concern. Medical testing revealed otherwise.
Most kids’ birthdays are happy occasions filled with fun festivities. Riley spent last year’s birthday in the ER having a brain biopsy… it revealed he has anaplastic astrocytoma stage 3 cancer. Shortly after, he was admitted to the hospital for 10 days, soon followed by another 3-day stay. Riley underwent a shunt implant, radiation and chemotherapy. The cancer is located in the thalamus region of his brain that processes speech, ambulation and thought processes, making it inoperable and incurable.
It’s also difficult being a teen and not having the same independence as your peers. Shortly after obtaining his driver’s license, Riley is no longer able to drive. He also misses events due to his exhaustion. Riley has always been a star student excelling in school, and has been in Gifted classes since the second grade. He also received the Kansas Honor Scholar award for his dedication to school and outstanding grades. Riley aspires to be a surgeon so that he can help others struggling with cancer. He has great compassion for others … if he could give a gift to anyone of his choosing, it would be to “anyone who needed help because someone should care.”
Riley is loving, intelligent and curious. His favorite baseball team is the Royals, and he enjoys playing video games, being outside and spending time with his friends. Riley loves science and is a big fan of Harry Potter. His only wish is to experience EPCOT at Walt Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.
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