Riley's Dance has recently partnered with the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine and have expanded our mission beyond just transplant patients to help improve the quality of life for all areas of pediatric patients. We are very excited to take on South Florida just as we have done with the state of New Jersey. Our Crisis relief fund will remain an active part of our mission with the NJ Sharing Network.
The hospitals we work with are listed below:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick, NJ
Saint Barnabas Medical Center – Livingston, NJ
University Hospital – Newark, NJ
Hacksensack University Medical Center – Hackensack, NJ
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – Newark, NJ
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center – Camden, NJ
Sending Kids to Camp
In addition to providing the necessary financial assistance that transplant patients sometimes require, Riley’s Dance aims to improve the lives of those awaiting life-saving transplants.
One example is sponsoring children with kidney disease to attend a camp to help them forget about their illnesses for a while.
Baskets for Patients
Riley’s Dance presented Easter Baskets to the social workers at Saint Barnabas Medical Center to be given to patients waiting for life-saving transplants in the Pediatric Nephrology Unit.
Holiday Toy Drive
During the holiday season, Riley’s Dance held a toy drive for patients at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.
We hope that this was able to bring some joy to these families.
Running for Riley
Education and outreach on the importance of organ and tissue donation is another priority of Riley’s Dance. We are proud to have recently funded a children’s book, “Running for Riley,” that educates younger generations on organ and tissue donation through sharing Riley’s story. “Running for Riley” is available for sale at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
This book is a special edition of Lily’s Little Life Lessons series. Lily is growing up and feels ready to tackle the challenge of running in NJ Sharing Network’s Annual 5K Celebration of Life. She learns about the story of young Riley and her parents’ tender decision to donate her organs, allowing others to dance again. Lily is inspired to train hard and run the race to honor Riley.
About the Author: Rebecca Perlman Coniglio received her Master’s in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a certified school social worker and has served on several child study teams. Rebecca has also worked as an elementary guidance counselor. Currently, she is in private practice, specializing in children and adolescents. Rebecca lives in New Jersey with her husband and lucky daughter, Lily.
Motor Vehicle Pamphlet
In partnership with NJ Sharing Network and the State of New Jersey, Riley’s Dance was included in this educational pamphlet sent to New Jersey residents.
Riley’s Dance is a growing community of people who care. We are constantly looking for new projects and partnerships to spread our message.
If you want to get involved, contact us today to find out how. You can also contribute, attend an event, or share our website with your friends and family.
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