Riley's Way Foundation

For: Riley's Way Foundation
Organizer: Family and Friends of Riley
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The Story

The Riley Sandler Memorial Foundation was established on August 19, 2014 by Mackenzie and Ian Sandler to honor the life of their nine year old daughter Riley Hannah Sandler.

Riley was a magical child and a joy to her family, friends and the world.  Riley was set to enter fourth grade at the Nightingale-Bamford School and, on the last night of her first year as a Freshman Girl at Timber Lake Camp, Riley went into respiratory arrest and died on August 18, 2014.
To honor Riley, our mission is to carry her spirit and love of life forward by instilling her kindness, caring, compassion and empathy in other children.  We think of her as the truest of friends who loved helping people. Through her foundation, we will honor this legacy by taking direct action to help children in need as well as supporting children facing major obstacles reach their full potential.
Our goal is to create an operating foundation that actively touches the world with its work.  While we still do not know exactly what happened to Riley, Mackenzie and I decided from the beginning that her foundation would focus on her life, not her death.  As a result, the foundation is not about fighting a particular disease but rather is focused on how we can take forth our magical girl's life to make the world a better place.  
We want everyone to know about Riley, to understand how special she was and to understand why we decided immediately that we must find a way to salvage good from this horrific tragedy, that Riley's dreams must be fulfilled, tragically not by her but rather through her foundation.

Donations can be made on this site or made directly to the foundation at:

Riley's Way Foundation
30 Third Avenue, Room 848
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 18, 2015

Posted on December 18, 2015

Dear RSMF Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for your continuing support of our foundation. With your help, we have launched the Riley’s Way Program. Through this program, we will work with third and fourth graders to spread kindness, friendship, and empathy. 

We started the program with two amazing partner schools in New York City: Nightingale-Bamford and PS 81Q. Our amazing Youth Advisory Council, comprised of 11th graders from Nightingale and The Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem, helped facilitate the kick-off assemblies at both schools. With help from our team and supporters, Riley’s Way Program has reached over 400 students and teachers thus far!

An exciting aspect of our program is that as it grows, each school can customize it to fit the current needs of the school and students. For example, PS 81Q has created a Kindness Tree, where each of the students in the fourth grade has written an act of kindness on a handprint. This tree and their Riley’s Way bulletin board will allow students to recognize friendship throughout the year!

We’re also working with the schools to spread some holiday cheer this season. Students at both schools are writing holiday cards to give to local organizations in their communities. PS 81Q will share their cards with a nursing home in Queens and Nightingale will be thanking the volunteers who give their time to the All Souls Church’s soup kitchen. This has been a great exercise for the students as they are able to practice and recognize kindness.

Please visit to learn more about Riley’s Way Program and the impact we hope to achieve.

We’d also like to announce our 2016 Riley’s Ride on January 23, 2016! Riley's Rides is a SoulCycle Charity Ride where 100% of the proceeds go to RSMF. This will be our only event until our free, family-focused event in the spring, so please join us for the ride and/or after party at Redemption to support RSMF and learn more about the programming we started this fall! Visit for more information and to purchase your ticket today.

Thank you again, for your continuing support. We could not have done this without all of you. 

Posted on August 18, 2015

Posted on August 18, 2015

Dear RSMF family & friends,

Today marks an important day in our lives. One year ago today, our beloved Riley passed away under the most unimaginable circumstances. It was Riley's last night of what was truly an amazing first summer at Timber Lake sleep away camp. It should have been the first of many more happy summers.

In honor of Riley and the outpouring of support, kindness, love, and new friendships that have developed since establishing the Riley Sandler Memorial Foundation, we would like to invite our community to honor Riley and pay it forward through her magical spirit. We encourage you to practice kindness and empathy as she always did, today and every day.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and for helping us keep the memory of Riley's wonderful spirit alive. We hope this is just the beginning and that Riley's Foundation will grow as Riley would have and make a lasting impact on the world.

We have no doubt that Riley would have been immensely proud of the work that is being done in her name.

Please take a moment today and get to know Riley. Watch her in action, read and share stories, and continue our path in #inspiringsmiles.

With love and gratitude,

Mackenzie + Ian Sandler

-Proud Parents of Riley Hannah Sandler

Posted on December 2, 2014

Posted on December 2, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for your support and would like to share our latest announcements and upcoming events with our RSMF community.

1.  The Tailgate With A Cause in honor of Riley on Sunday, November 23rd was a huge success! Over a thousand attendees showed up to support our cause and just about everyone could be seen wearing our RSMF bunny ears! 
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the 16H Group for selecting the Riley Sandler Memorial Foundation for their Tailgate With A Cause for 2014. The Tailgate provided us with a wonderful first event while we were able to focus on the formative items required to build out Riley's foundation and plan our own events in the coming months.  People all around the stadium were talking about the incredible bunny event!  The food, drink, music,  service and energy were all spectacular.  Please see our photo gallery for pictures.

2.  Our first annual Riley's Rides, a SoulCycle charity event is approaching on Saturday December 6th in NYC and Woodbury. We are excited to share that NYC has sold out and there are only a few bikes left in Woodbury! Please join us for the after party at Redemption, NYC 1003 2nd Avenue, New York. For tickets please visit

3.  Please save the date! Our first large RSMF event will take place on Thursday, March 12th at Hill Country BBQ in New York.  More information to follow on our Facebook page and website.

4.  We are excited for the launch of our website,, scheduled for early December. Be sure to check our site regularly for updates.

We wish everyone a very happy holiday season! Thank you from the bottom of our heart for all the love and support, it means everything to us.

With much love,

Mackenzie, Ian and Brody Sandler

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