• “Riva Day” at Hodgkins, Money Raised

    Riva Day

    Students, staff and community came together at Hodgkins Elementary on March 27th to raise money for teacher, Arshi Bir’s one-year-old daughter Riva. Staff and students lined up on an outdoor field to spell her name for a memorable picture.

    Doctors diagnosed Riva with stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer and Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia on Valentines’ Day of this year.

    Arshi had already decided to take this year off from teaching to be with her newborn, never knowing that she would have to deal with Riva’s life and death struggle. Riva is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments and the family is facing mounting medical expenses as well.

    Through the efforts of Hodgkin’s students and staff, “Riva Day” came to fruition. Each participant donated $1.00 and dressed in purple. Riva Ribbons were also sold for an additional $1.00 each as well. 100% of the sales went straight towards Riva’s treatments.

    With the school dressed in purple, the entire student body, staff and Arshi formed Riva’s name in large purple letters on the back field.

    Riva and Arshi’s story dates back even further than this year. Arshi and her husband tried for many years to have a child with no success, so when she finally became pregnant the entire school celebrated.

    “Everyone at Hodgkins loves Arshi and Riva,” said Hodgkins Principal Sarah Gould. “It broke our hearts when we found out she was sick, so we’re doing everything we can to help.”

    Hodgkins ended up raising $2,000 and counting to go towards Riva’s treatments.

    If you would like to donate, Arshi has GoFundMe account which can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/rivabir.

    Posted April 9, 2015