A La Quinta girl currently fighting pediatric cancer is home in the Coachella Valley. 5-year-old Riley Rose Sherman received a hero’s welcome at Palm Springs International Airport.
A cheering crowd met Riley Rose, who had been in New York undergoing treatment.
Many supporters wore princess-themed hats. “I think every little princess deserves an amazing welcome home so why not?” said Tanya Moreno, who organized the cheering section.
“Right now, we’re going to go make some dreams come true and we’re going to have the Christmas of our lives,” Riley Rose’s mother Kristin said. The family is making plans to go to Hawaii with the Make a Wish organization.
Sherman battles stage four neuroblastoma. It’s a cancer often found in the small glands on top of the kidneys (adrenal glands). It can develop in the belly, chest, neck, pelvis, and bones. Children ages five or younger are most commonly affected.
Sherman was diagnosed with the cancer in August of last year and doctors said it was aggressive and she had been undergoing treatment ever since.
Community members have poured their hearts for this girl through fundraisers to help her fight the disease and raise awareness about neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers.