⭐️TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th at 10pm⭐️ #ThisTimeNextYear @lifetimetv
will be airing @rileyroo100
’s INCREDIBLE story - you might even catch a glimpse of one of your favorite Pilates instructors 😉🧘🏻♀️🎉
What if I told you that the woman in this video had to step down from her dream job as a child life specialist because her first kidney transplant began to fail, search for a new kidney from a donor, undergo a kidney transplant for the second time, hike 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and resume her career all in ONE YEAR. You’d say impossible right?! Not for Riley.
Riley and I grew up attending the same public schools in Manchester, NH. After high school graduation, I hadn’t spoken with her until she reached out in search for a personal trainer in 2016. We met up, sipped coffee, and chatted like old friends.
As she began to tell me her story, I couldn’t stop my heart from sinking in my chest and my eyes from filling with tears. Her 1st kidney transplant she underwent in middle school had started to fail. She need to find another kidney donor or she would have to be on dialysis for the rest of her life. She searched relentlessly for a new kidney donor and, by the grace of god, Heather came into the picture. Heather is another incredible woman that grew up attending the same schools as Riley and I. She selflessly volunteered to give one of her kidneys to help save Riley’s life.
Riley set a goal that she would hike the Appalachian Trail after her kidney transplant with her mother. I started Riley off in her training 2-3 times a week. Even during her dialysis treatments and having a double hip replacement, NOTHING held Riley back. Pilates, weights, Stairmaster - you name it, she conquered it.
She continued her training, underwent her kidney transplant, accomplished her goal of hiking 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and resumed her position as a Child Life Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada.
Riley is the epitome of resilience and bravery.
Riley, if you are reading this - I am so proud of you along with many, many others. You inspire me to live my best life and I am so blessed to have reconnected with you. 💜