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August 3, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Riley Rocks Family Carnival to be held at Beverly High

Riley Rocks Family Carnival will be held at Beverly High on Sunday August 25 to help defray the medical costs of six-year old cancer victim Riley Fessenden. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, a dunk tank, games, bouncy houses, and carnival food from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Riley Rocks Fund.

The Fessendens are Beverly residents, who have four children. Riley’s mother Kamie played field hockey and basketball for the Panthers while her father Todd went to St. John’s Prep for two years before returning home to play soccer at Beverly High for coach Mike Cahill.

This past May, Riley, who at the time was a kindergartner at the Ayers Elementary School, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her nasal cavity that extended into the brain. This rare form of cancer is called esthesioneuroblastama (ENB), and Riley is going to need several surgeries. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments through Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

The Riley Rocks Fund has been set up at the Beverly Cooperative Bank to help defray medical bills. It was Riley who came up with the catching slogan “Riley Rocks”, and the youngster with the bright smile remains positive throughout her many treatments.

The Fessenden family is active in the Beverly community, and volunteers are seeking contributions from local businesses, services donated at the family carnival, and gift cards which will be given away as raffle prizes or silent auction items. A comedy night is also being planned at a future date.

Friends of the Riley Rocks Fund, who are helping to organize the carnival. The carnival is a family event, and they are hoping people will come out to have fun and help support a great cause. For more information go to www.rileyfessendenrocks.com.

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