Relief for Riley' to help young boy with terminal illness

"His older brother is amazing especially," said Knight, referring to her oldest son, Brandon. "He stays with Riley everyday. He just loves his brother."

When Angela "Bubba" Gonyo of Plattsburgh heard of Riley's condition through a mutual friend she has with Knight, she said she immediately wanted to help. Knowing the amount of travel Riley and his mother have had to do from Ticonderoga to Burlington to as far Boston, Mass., Gonyo said the least she can help is with raising money for their travel expenses.

"I was amazed that a stranger would put in so much time and effort for a child that she doesn't know," said Knight. "She's amazing."

"He's a hero in my book," Gonyo said of Riley. "It just kills me to see this 11-year-old boy going through what he's going through."

Gonyo has organized "Relief for Riley," a benefit for this Saturday, Feb. 26, at Therapy Nightclub and Sports Lounge, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, that will have a goal to raise "as much money as possible" for the Knight family.

"Whatever we can possibly do for Riley we're going to do," said Gonyo.

The all-day event will consist of a double-elimination cricket dart tournament beginning with registration at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $10, with the top three teams to receive a trophy. The fun will continue into the evening with a drag show hosted by "Haus of Starr" beginning at 7 p.m. Admission for that will be $5.

Knight said her son got a kick out of Gonyo's idea to put a drag show on as part of a benefit for him.

"His first words were he couldn't believe it and his next words were he couldn't wait to see himself at a drag show," said Knight.

Knight said Riley is hoping to make it to his benefit this Saturday, but, if he's not feeling up to it, Gonyo said arrangements have been made to have a Web cam set up for him to view it and for people to see him.

For more information about this Saturday's event, contact Gonyo at 534-8109.

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