Honored Kid

Riley G.

Age 16
Riley G. Kid Photo


Independence , MO, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

December 2016


In treatment

Treated At

The Children's Mercy Hospital

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My Story

I am writing you today to tell you about the bravest little girl I know. Her name is Riley Goucher-Parra and she was 10 years old at diagnosis ….she turned 11 April 17th and very excited about that. On Dec 5th our lives changed forever when after months of trying to get anyone to listen that something was wrong and my daughters left side was locking up. We went to children’s mercy in KC for a full body MRI and within 30 minutes they were pulling me into another room to tell me something that still does not feel real today. My Riley has Grade 1 Policytic Astrocytoma located on her brainstem. She had to have surgery on Dec 7th to biopsy and try to debulk the tumors as much as they could which was very little due to the location of the tumors. She started Chemo treatments of Carboplatin In January 2017. First thing you need to know is Riley’s theme song is Fighter by Jamie Grace. Riley Is a spunky little girl full of life and energy not as much as before chemo but she does he best not to let it slow her down. She loves music and is a huge Bruno Mars fan. She loves to travel, loves being outdoors. Riley is also very giving and currently is trying to start up a foundation collecting hats and scarves and cloth medical masks for children who are fighting cancer. We are calling it Riley’s Wraps Against Cancer and our mission is that No Child should fight cancer alone so we want to provide hats and scarves and cloth face masks to kids who are battling cancer and othrr blood born diseases. Riley is such an amazing strong brave little lady and she inspires everyone she meets. She has had her moments of sadness and being scared but for the most part Riley has really handled her diagnosis with a lot of faith in God for what is to come of her life and I couldn’t be prouder of her and our whole family for that matter as this effects not only her but her three siblings as well. Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.

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