The Amanda Riley Foundation is an approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that was established on September 20, 2010. All donations made to the foundation are 100% tax deductible.
Our foundation was established to provide for children and the families of children currently battling cancer. Our goal is to do things to put a smile on a child's face, while they are in the midst of their battle - during their toughest times. The foundation is to honor the memory of our precious 17 year old daughter, Amanda, that battled cancer for 405 days before going home to live with Jesus on April 9, 2010.
We were with Amanda every step of the way and watched her fight this battle with such grace but the pain and suffering she had to endure was relentless. We also witnessed the struggles of many other children as well. The very vivid memories of their battles are what have motivated us to start this foundation. These brave children have made a forever impact on our lives and are a testament to what true courage and strength is. No child should ever have to fight this fight but unfortunately, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 38 minutes and every 3 hours, 11 minutes, and 40 seconds - A CHILD DIES!
This is why we MUST give to these kids. Until there is a cure, our goal will be to make the lives of these precious children as pleasant as we can, hopefully be able to put a smile on their face. We plan to provide the little things to kids to make their life a little better. Unfortunately, some of the kids like Amanda, may have a type of cancer where their odds of surviving are against them so we want to try to make their life better today, not knowing how many more days they have here.
During our journey with Amanda we realized that there are wonderful organizations out there such as CURE and Make a Wish Foundation that help the kids as well. What we did notice though is that CURE's main focus (and thankfully so) is research so that hopefully someday soon there will be a cure and kids will no longer have to suffer from this horrible disease. The Make a Wish Foundation is set up to award ONE huge wish. Unfortunately, many like Amanda, don't survive long enough to get their wish granted or they get their wish, after being cured - not when they need their spirits lifted - while in the heat of the battle.
Being that we journeyed down the same road as these kids, we know first-hand the types of things that would brighten up a child's life while battling cancer. Please visit our "how to help" page for a detailed listing of these items.
Our ideas are endless, now we just need the funds to accomplish this. We incorporated on September 20th and have already raised more than $25,000.00 but that is nowhere near enough funds for us to accomplish our goals. We will initially give to kids diagnosed with solid tumor cancers which is what Amanda had. Currently there are more than 50 kids on treatment and there are an average of 5 diagnosed monthly and this is only at Scottish Rite. We have dreams of helping all kids with cancer not just the ones diagnosed with solid tumors but we have to start somewhere.
We are working diligently to raise money for these kids. We are selling cancer awareness jewelry, foundation t-shirts and sweatshirts, having baking parties and are currently sponsoring several events. We are looking for your help which can come in many ways, please visit our 'how to help" page for an idea of how you may be able to help us. We are also seeking individuals and corporations to sponsor our charity, again we are an approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which makes all donations 100% tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and for making SMILES possible!
We have also established a scholarship fund program. Please visit our website http://amandarileyscholarshipfund.webs.com for details.