52 Lives

#174 Riley

Request: Birthday cards / Birthday presents / Messages / Donations

This week, we would like to help a 5 year old boy called Riley.

Riley has been having a tough time at school. He has suffered from severe ear infections for many years, and has recently been diagnosed with a disease that affects his hearing bones. It means that there is sometimes a bad odour that comes from his ears – which some of the other children at school noticed.

His dad said: “They call him a freak and move away from him when he comes near them. It is heart-breaking to watch.”

Being teased at school might seem like a small thing, but for Riley, that bullying has become a big part of his day, and his life. This little boy is already dealing with so much – he has had multiple surgeries on his ears, his ears leak, he is in pain, and his hearing is affected. And it’s reached a point where Riley doesn’t want to go to school anymore.

With your help, we want to do something kind for Riley to let him know that there are so many people out there who think he’s amazing – and that the few people around him being mean to him are such a small part of the world. 

What We Need

1. Birthday cards: It’s Riley’s birthday in August and we’d like to send him as many birthday cards and messages as we can! To send a card, please post it to 52 Lives (Life # 174), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT. Or to send an email for Riley, simply write your message in the form below and we will pass it along (your name will be shared but not your email address).
Please note: We changed Riley's name in this story at his parent's request, so please try not to use his name in the card!

2. Birthday presents for Riley: We have set up an Amazon wishlist with a few thing we know he likes. To buy a gift, please click the link below. 
(You will be taken to Riley's Amazon wishlist. To buy a gift, just add it to your basket and at check-out, select the 'Gift Registry' address)

3. Donations towards activities: We’d like to pay for Riley to do all the things he’s always wanted to do these summer holidays - including horse-riding, visiting Go Ape and visiting some theme parks. To make a donation online, please click the link below. 100% of what you give will be used to help Riley.

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