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"Riley was born on May 6, 2005 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She was two weeks early but her dad and I could not wait for her to arrive. Riley was a sweet baby but she did not like to sleep. We tried every trick in the book to get her to sleep through the night ; including, swaddling her and rocking her rhythmically while listening to a hair dyer, letting her sleep in her car seat and leaving her in the infant swing all night. This is the complete opposite of Riley as a 9 year old as she is now a wonderful sleeper who often doesn't wake up before 10am on the weekends"

"Always have a smile on your face"
Meet Riley

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Riley is such a sweet and thoughtful girl. She is a wonderful friend to those who know her and is definitely a people person! One of her favorite things to do is make up dances either with friends or on her own. She can often be seen twirling down the streets as she perfects her latest dance moves. Riley also loves to listen to music and go to concerts. She would listen to music 24 hours a day if I weren't around to tell her to turn it off.

Riley is also extremely creative. She comes up with amazing ideas and I am always impressed with how she manages to to put them into action. She has designed all sorts of clothing pieces and makes houses for her stuffed animals out of cardboard boxes and other recycled materials. Whenever I think she can't possibly build what she has described to me, she always proves me wrong! The down side to this is that Riley's room is filled with cardboard boxes that I would love to throw away. No garbage is safe from Riley!

Riley is one of a kind and the best daughter a mother could ask for. I love her with all my heart and hope she knows just how special she is!

— MACKENZIE SANDLER, PROUD MOTHER OF RILEY SANDLER