Riley's Army is an exceptional organization that helps little superheroes in the fight of their lives. These children are battling cancer and Riley's Army works to help make this battle easier for both the children and their families. They provide gas cards for families who live further away from the hospital. They provide meals for the children and families in the hospital Monday through Thursday evenings. They provide a fund for families to draw from if they run into money troubles because of medical bills or travel expenses or other things. Riley's Army provides events for the families and children to come together and bond with each other and form a support system to help them through the tough times ahead.
Riley's Army is the most directly involved organization I've ever volunteered with! Delivering meals to children in the hospital and their families is always a highlight of my day! I look forward to every volunteer opportunity because I've been able to develop relationships with families and other volunteers. I love being able to share Riley's story and tell people how much of an impact anyone can make, no matter their age. It is so wonderful to know there is an organization that really means it when they ask families what they need, and has a volunteer base with the ability to meet so many of those needs.
Our story began April 6th 2013. Riley's Army was there and welcomed us with open arms. They were a real person to talk to and some know the medical side and can help explain some of the gaps that happen when your little one is diagnosed with cancer. A member would come in and visit and also stay and play or cuddle your child while you step out for a meal or a shower or just time to think and breathe. They have fun events almost every month that pulls all the families together and your able to meet people going through some of the same steps. These volunteers have the biggest hearts I think I will ever know! Love them like family!
This is a wonderful organization that is doing great things. Kimber Stone has done a tremendous job in the growth of this worthwhile charity.
Since getting involved in this organization about two years ago, my life has changed drastically. Riley's Army supports children with cancer and their families. Like many organizations we provide meals, gas cards and other financial assistance but it is our personal connection with these children that sets us apart. We go into the hospital and visit regularly. We are often the only non medical person that child sees. We sit with the patient so the parents can run errands, take a break, take a shower, consult with a physician or spend time with their other children. We laugh together and yes, we cry together.
Being a part of this organization has taught me so much. I no longer sweat the small stuff nor do I seek satisfaction from owning material things. I understand just how precious every moment is, especially where our children are concerned. Being a Riley's Army volunteer is, aside from motherhood, the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization. It was Riley Philpot's dream that no child would ever have to be left alone in a hospital while battling cancer and her parents Kirk and Kelly are making sure her wish is fulfilled. Riley lost her battle with cancer but she left a legacy that anyone would be proud to claim. She was wise beyond her years and serves as the motivation for Riley's Army.
This is one nonprofit that truly works so hard for a wonderful cause. With no overhead and only one part-time employee, you can rest assured that the majority of all money raised goes directly to these families. This truly is a remarkable organization and one that I am proud to be a part of.