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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

During the hot summer months, there's no better place for a birthday party than the pool.

Friday, the Paragould Community Center was full of kids helping soon to be 10-year-old Riley celebrate her birthday.

There was everything a birthday party might need like decorations, pizza, and plenty of friends. But there was a surprising lack of presents.

Riley's dad Alan said the absence of gifts was not an accident, but instead a request.

"She's always been the one to want to help," Alan said.

Instead of having money spent on her, Riley wanted it given to her classmate's family.

"It completely warmed my heart whenever I heard she was doing that," Carma McGee said.

Riley goes to school with Carma's son Charles, and she knew the McGees have had a rough go of it the past few months.

"April the 5th, we found out that she had leukemia," Carma said.

She's talking about Chloe, her forever smiling 5-year-old who hasn't let her diagnosis slow her down.

"She's such a trooper. She's just had a smile throughout the whole thing. She's never been down," Carma said.

Now the rest of the family has something to smile about too all because of one 10-year-old's selflessness on a day when it's okay to be a little selfish.

"I think a lot of times, we as adults lose sight of what is really important. Children have a way of bringing us back to reality," Alan said.

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