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August 21, 2013

Carnival to benefit 6-year-old Beverly girl


---- — BEVERLY — A carnival to benefit a 6-year-old Beverly girl with a rare form of cancer will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Beverly High School.

Riley Fessenden was diagnosed in May with a malignant tumor in her nasal cavity that also stretches into the brain. She will require numerous surgeries and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment through Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The rare form of cancer is called esthesioneuroblastoma, or ENB.

Proceeds from the Riley Rocks Family Carnival will go to the Riley Rocks Fund, which has been set up at Beverly Cooperative Bank to help offset the cost of medical bills for the Fessenden family.

Riley is one of four children of lifelong Beverly residents Kamie and Todd Fessenden.

The carnival will include arts and crafts, raffles, dunk tanks, games, bouncy houses, face painting and carnival food.

For more information, contact Emily Dawson at or 978-852-1981 or Carolyn Gorman at or 508-932-0288, or go to

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or