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Rally For Riley
by Staff | Oct 11, 2013 11:30 am
A fundraiser will take place Friday night for the family of a 2-month-old baby with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer; the father is a police detective on leave from his job to deal with the crisis. Following is a description of the case and the fundraising event, provided by the police department:
On April 12, 2013, on her two month birthday, Riley DeCarvalho was brought to the pediatrician’s for a routine check up.
While examining her abdomen the pediatrician informed Riley’s mother that she needed to take her daughter to Yale-New Haven Hospital to have her abdomen examined. Subsequent to the examination it was discovered that Riley’s liver had expanded to nearly twice its size. After a series of tests, spanning the portion of a few days, the prognosis was that Riley had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer which originated in her adrenal gland and spread to her liver.
The situation quickly deteriorated as the tumors rapidly increased in size, causing Riley to experience both liver and kidney failure. After the first round of chemotherapy, and nearly two weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Riley’s condition stabilized. It wasn’t for another month before her family was able to take her home.
Over the course of the following five months Riley has gone through half a dozen chemotherapy treatments and weekly visits to Yale-New Haven
Pediatric Oncology. She was scheduled to complete the eight rounds of chemotherapy necessary for her treatment in September.
There is a long battle ahead for Riley and her family. Her mother, Megan DeCarvalho has been unable to work steadily and her father, New Haven Police Detective Mark DeCarvalho had to take an extended leave from his duties.
The New Haven Police Department “Signal 4” (Officer Needs Assistance) Committee is holding a fundraiser this evening, from 5:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Terminal 110, located at 240 Sargent Drive.
Tickets to the fund-raiser are $20.00.
Donations will be accepted for some time to come. Donors may contact me directly at 203-589-3238 or Lts. Holly Wasilewski at 203-687-0529 or Anthony Duff at 203-687-0536.
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Holly’s at it again—doing good.
By the way, the subhead is inaccurate; it describes Riley as a 2-month-old baby. As the article makes clear, she was 2 months old when she was diagnosed, but that was in April; she’s now 8 months old.