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At age 9, Riley Sarver is a 4’6” dynamo full of optimism who is looking forward to next season when she can once again play club soccer, a sport she’s loved the last five years. 

But first she requires two operations in Baltimore to attach an adult-sized device called an “external fixator” to help alleviate a rare disease which causes her great pain every day.

Her ailment, called Perthes disease, “is a rare childhood disease where the blood flow to the femoral head stops for no reason and the bones start to die,” explained her mother, Meredith Stam. 

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