Riley is a sweet, determined, and very active 11-year-old girl who loves playing soccer and is adored by her two dogs, Tucker, and Dory.
In 2020, Riley was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, a rare childhood disease where blood stops flowing to the femoral head (part of the hip joint), causing the bone to start to crumble and die.
Riley has had to endure many painful procedures and surgeries over the past two years to help hold her hip in place. If this disease continues to progress, Riley will need her first full hip replacement when she turns 14.
Riley can no longer run and cannot walk without a great amount of pain. She uses a wheelchair and walker often and works hard at physical therapy two days per week.
Riley also lives with an auto-immune disease, making it very easy for her to get sick with infections. She receives infusions on a regular basis.
Although Riley lives with pain daily and is unable to do many of the things she used to enjoy, she doesn’t let any of this keep her from loving life. Riley is determined to overcome this disease and her fighting spirit is an inspiration to all who know her.
Riley will be adopted as a Sparrow to Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ. Students will work hard to earn money for Riley through sponsored community service.