Bedford girl who loved ballet loses cancer battle
But last weekend, the teenage daughter of Bedford school board Chairman Terry Wolf lost her battle with cancer, the same weekend Riley's dance troupe performed the Christmas classic at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
"Riley will be remembered for her fierce determination, wicked sense of humor, love of ballet and grace in impossible circumstances," the statement said.
"She just kept it private and didn't want sympathy," Ashooh said Tuesday. "She held her head high. It sounds so cliché, but she always stayed very positive and she knew what the outcome was going to be. She didn't let it get in the way."
"She performed in 'The Nutcracker' at the Palace Theatre for six years, including her dream role of Clara in 2011," her obituary said. "She loved SNHDT so much, when they relocated their studios a few years ago, she asked them to include a sleeping area so she wouldn't have to leave on the weekends."
She underwent radiation, chemotherapy and at least three surgeries and "continued to dance whenever possible until the beginning of November," Ashooh said.
The Bedford Education Foundation, a nonprofit group that raises and provides funds for the benefit of Bedford's public schools, announced it will establish and manage an endowment fund in her memory.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship also has been established in Wolf's name "that recognizes a dancer at Riley's studio who shares the same passion for ballet that she did," the obituary said.
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