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Riley in the Media

Riley in the Press

October 15, 2020

Beverly students raising money, awareness for pediatric cancer

In July 2016, Beverly's Riley Fessenden tragically lost a courageous battle with a rare form of nasal cancer called Esthesioneuroblastoma. She was just nine years old.

The Salem News
October 12, 2020

Beverly Woman Who Lost Daughter To Cancer Will Donate Kidney To 13-Year-Old Boy

The gift of a lifetime, tying two families forever. What could be more generous, more valuable than the gift of life?

CBS Boston
October 12, 2020

'Never give up hope': Boy, 13, to get kidney transplant from special donor

Nikolas Hourican was 3 years old, dressed as a monkey on Halloween night, when his parents first noticed something wasn't quite right.

Salem News
July 25, 2019

Riley’s legacy remains strong: Abby Archer continues to run Falmouth in memory of young Beverly cancer victim

In just nine years, Riley Fessenden’s impact on Beverly and the greater North Shore area and beyond was profound.

Wicked Local North Of Boston
August 17, 2018

Woman to run Falmouth Road Race in Riley's memory

Cancer treatments aren’t easier or less painful when the patient is a child, as Abby Archer learned during her final semester of college.

Salem News
July 25, 2016

Candlelight vigil held for Beverly’s Riley Fessenden

A candlelight vigil was held for Riley Fessenden, who passed away at age 9 on Wednesday, July 20, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Hundreds upon hundreds of people turned out at the Riley Rocks rock garden in Lynch park to honor her memory.

Wicked Local Beverly
July 22, 2016

Hospice helps Riley and her family

We join with the community of Beverly and people all over the North Shore in remembering our special friend Riley ROCKS. She and her family generously shared their story to educate others about the benefits of hospice care.

Care Dimensions
July 22, 2016

Remembering the life of Riley Bridget Fessenden 2007 - 2018

Riley Bridget Fessenden, 9, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 20, 2016 at the Kaplan Hospice Family House in Danvers. She was a true inspiration to all and fought her terrible disease to the end.

Salem News
July 22, 2016

Community gathers to remember Riley 'She became the fighter of all fighters'

Thousands followed the young girl's fight on the Facebook page Riley ROCKS after she was diagnosed with cancer at age six.

Salem News
June 22, 2016

Congratulations to Riley Fessenden on being recognized at the State House

Hosted by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, this event highlights women across the Commonwealth and their contributions to our communities. Riley is a symbol of strength with her mission to raise awareness to the fight against childhood cancers.

Senator Joan B. Lovely
July 22, 2016

Endicott Mourns The Loss Of Team IMPACT’s Riley Fessenden

The Endicott College community is saddened by the passing of nine-year-old Beverly native Riley Fessenden, who became a member of the Endicott softball team through Team IMPACT two years ago.

Endicott Gulls
July 21, 2016

Beverly remembers Riley Fessenden

In just nine short years, one little girl from Beverly touched the hearts and lives of many. Riley Fessenden, who was diagnosed with esthesioneuroblastoma at the age of 6, took on the rare form of cancer with grace, bravery and courage, never backing down and always smiling.

Wicked Local Beverly
July 20, 2016

Riley's battle with cancer inspired community

Riley Fessenden, a girl whose determined fight against cancer prompted an outpouring of support and admiration in the city and beyond, died on Wednesday afternoon at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 9 years old.

Salem News
July 20, 2016

Beverly Inspiration Riley Fessenden Passes Away

Thousands followed the young girl's fight on the Facebook page Riley ROCKS after she was diagnosed with cancer at age six.

Beverly Patch
July 25, 2015

Beverly girl battling cancer on 50-yard line for Taylor Swift concert

An 8-year-old Beverly girl battling a rare nasal cancer has seats on the 50-yard line for tonight’s Taylor Swift concert at Gillete Stadium, and her family’s hoping the pop star takes notice.

Boston Herald
November 16, 2014

Heard around Beverly: Riley Fessenden cheers for Dana-Farber

Seven-year-old Riley Fessenden is well-known locally for her battle with a rare form of cancer, which has brought the community to rally behind her on several occasions.

Salem News
August 6, 2014

Documenting Illness: Images of Hope

In the midst of a serious illness, there are glimpses of a childhood intact: painting a ceramic ladybug, reading “Froggy Learns to Swim” before bed with siblings Drew, 10, Meghan, 8, and Daniel, 2, and joining friends in the outfield for a summer staple – a baseball game.

Dana Farber
July 28, 2014

Special Spaces transforms two downstairs rooms into playroom for Riley Fessenden

What happens when the perfect kid-friendly playroom appears in your house overnight? Beverly’s Fessenden kids were mostly speechless when they returned from seeing “The Little Mermaid” on Saturday and got their first look at the playroom that Special Spaces Boston had created.

Salem News
July 23, 2014

Riley’s Blizzard rocks

M&Ms. Chocolate chunks. Mint. Soft serve ice cream. If you find any of the aforementioned sweets enticing, then Riley’s Rock’in Blizzard at the Beverly Dairy Queen on Cabot Street is right up your alley.

Wicked Local Beverly
March 7, 2014

Beverly High trio ready to Rock for Riley at state DECA competition this weekend

Kendel Davy, Jack Morency and Joey Kozlowski haven’t had to practice their presentation for this weekend’s state DECA competition at the Marriott in Boston all that much.

Salem News
December 23, 2013

Cheers for Riley

Saturday, Dec. 21, was a day filled with cheers, smiles and surprises for six-year-old Riley Fessenden and her Beverly cheerleading squad as the girls enjoyed a memorable visit to Gillette Stadium.

New England Patriots
November 19, 2013

Fight like a girl: Tiny cheerleader refuses to let cancer stop her from helping squad raise thousands for charity

A six-year-old Massachusetts cheerleader is refusing to let cancer get in the way of helping her squad raise thousands of dollars for charity.

Daily Mail
August 15, 2013

‘Riley Rocks’: Carnival to benefit 6-year-old cancer patient Riley Fessenden

At a time when most children are beginning their educations or playing with friends, six-year-old Riley Fessenden is battling a rare form of cancer called esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB).

Wicked Local
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.

Salem News