I have been so inspired by the work of Riley's Army in my community. Their work for families with children dealing with cancer treatment is amazing. I am sure it is making a very real difference in the lives of those families. I am also sure that volunteers from all facets of our community know that they are able to get involved and make a difference as well. I am constantly seeing how people are getting involved and volunteering and I've known many college student who have been touched by volunteering as well. Awesome organization.
I have had the good fortune to watch Riley's Army grow and develop over the years. It is an inspiring organization that started from one family facing cancer to an organization that serves hundreds of families living with cancer. It has been inspiring to witness how so much good has come from something "bad." The impact Riley's Army continues to have on our community continues to grow and their work truly makes a very real difference in the lives of those they serve. It has so given sonny people a meaningful way to volunteer and give back. RA also collaborates effectively with other organizations in our area and is a model of cooperation and the great things that can be achieved when we work together.
Every event that I have taken part in has been amazing. Well planned, volunteers are amazing, and the faces of the kids show that Riley's Army is gratefully appreciated.
Riley's Army does great work in our community. So many families count on them for meals and financial support during a difficult time. I have participated in many RA fundraisers and have always been impressed by their creativity and oganization.
I don't know how I would have made it through my son's illness without the help of Riley's Army. They are truly a Godsend. They made sure I was never without dinner, gas, or a shoulder to cry on. They delivered dinner when I couldn't leave my son's side, and when I could leave for a few minutes, they came to sit by his side while I went to the cafeteria to get something to eat. They gave our family gas cards to get to and from the hospital, which was tough considering I gave up my career and we lived an hour from the hospital. A special lady came by every, single day to give me someone to talk/vent/cry to and to play with my son; she even played his favorite game, Candy Land, with him numerous times to make him smile. All of this was during his hospital stay! Now that we are home, we still continue to get support from Riley's Army. They host numerous events to make the children feel as healthy and "normal" (for lack of a better term) as possible. My favorite event is the "Free to be Me" event where several pilots from the area take the kids on airplane/helicopter rides. As I stated before, Riley's Army is truly a Godsend!
I am a nurse at Vidant and work in The Childrens Hospital. Riley's army is a huge supporter of our children here. They are there for our patients at diagnosis and through out their journey. They have care packages for the patients at diagnosis. They bring meals to the hospital regularly for the patient/families admitted. If there are special needs for these families they help get the needs met by involving the community. One example I can think of was, a newly diagnosed family didn't have bed to sleep in. They found beds, mattresses and bedding for this family. One less thing the family had to worry about. Riley's Army is a huge asset to our community and The James and Connie Maynard Childrens Hospital!!!!!!
NC Eastern area is BLESSED to have the men and women who serve in Rileys Army organization. Riley was a precious angel both on and off the earth, but this little girl, in heaven, touched the heart of my husband who had entered a Home Hospice program. John became emotional as he witnessed the ministry, without any salaried individuals. He had me running around town to collect camp items! He felt so strongly about their work to children and families at VMC, he wanted donations at his death to go to them. His comment brought tears to my eyes, "These kids didn't ask for cancer"! That seems to sum it up! Families need support and certainly, the children are the bravest of the brave to take on a battle they didn't ask for! In addition, they gave prompt follow up for all donations and at his one year anniversary, I received a note of care. This organization deserves the highest rating possible! The BEST supporting the weakest!
Riley's Army is a wonderful organization who deeply cares for kids with cancer. May of 2014 our little girl Amber Mason was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and a few times to give us a break they would stay the night with Amber to give us a rest. Unfortunately March 23, 2015 Amber gained her wings after turning 5 years old but Riley's Army support helped us through it all. Because of them I try to get involved in any Riley's Army event.
Riley's Army is by far my most favorite organization I have ever worked with. They support many families affected by pediatric cancer in Eastern North Carolina, and go above and beyond for every family, volunteer, doctor, and person they work with. I have not found many other organizations that are able to treat these children just like they are family. As a hospital volunteer, I get the honor of delivering meals that Riley's Army has worked hard with local restaurants to donate, and when I do that I get to spend even just a few hours a week learning more and more about these children. Riley's Army not only embodies what a family should be, but also their motto "you can't do it alone... you need an army."