Award for Outstanding Individual Youth Philanthropist, 2023
Riley is a 16-year-old high school student who has raised more than $25,000 for cancer care and treatment as the creator of Riley’s Walk for Cancer.
Riley’s earliest experience as a fundraiser came through running a lemonade stand. As he got older, Riley got involved in the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Epic Walk event with his mother and grandmother. After several years of participating in the Epic Walk, the event ended, but the memories of walking to raise funds for cancer treatment left a deep impression on him.
While completing eighth grade in 2020, one of Riley’s school projects involved creating a mock fundraiser. Thinking back to his time doing the Epic Walk, he contacted his grandmother to talk about their memories and experiences.
Alongside his grandmother, Riley contacted the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to get set up and Riley’s Walk for Cancer was off and running.