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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:30am

Mercy College alumna Amanie Riley ’16 is featured in the upcoming documentary The Day That Changed My Life which is an exploration of the lives that have been touched by cancer. The documentary will be showing on September 19 at the Showcase Cinema De Lux in Yonkers and will give the audience a place where they can see the challenges and the triumphs of this uncertain journey.  It will bring hope and inspiration and uplift the spirits of those directly and indirectly affected by the disease.  


Riley knows too well how much cancer can affect a person’s life. At age one she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and by three both her eyes had to be removed due to the cancer. Despite this, Riley was determined to attend college and she found her home at Mercy College.


“I toured other colleges, but what drew me to Mercy was the campus atmosphere. I felt like I was part of a smaller college and wasn’t going to get lost in the shuffle here,” said Riley. Riley says her family’s support greatly encouraged her throughout her undergraduate career.


“My dad didn’t get a college degree, and he always stressed how important it is to stay in school.”


Riley’s mother, Marjorie Mair Riley, also recognizes the importance of education— in fact, she’s a Mercy College alumna and graduated with her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. Riley credits her mother for being a great source of inspiration for her. Riley graduated from Mercy College in 2016 and is currently pursuing a master’s in teaching blind and visually impaired students at Hunter College.