Riley suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cardiomyopathy. Duchenne is the most progressive form of muscular dystrophy and causes the muscles in the body to deteriorate rapidly. Riley is beginning to have difficulty walking and will soon be confined to a wheelchair. In addition, Riley’s heart has a leaking ventricle that his doctors are unfortunately unable to repair surgically. Riley must take several medications daily and endures frequent physical therapy. Right after his wish was granted, Riley also had to endure a heart transplant.
For his wish, Riley wanted to meet his favorite basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal. Riley got to fly out to Miami to meet his hero over an early dinner. Later that evening, Riley even got to watch Shaq’s team, the Miami Heat, take on the Phoenix Suns! It was truly a slam dunk of a wish!