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Wildcat Alum Uses the Miss Downtown Seattle USA Platform to Bring Awareness to Ending Brain Cancer

Second-generation Wildcat and recent Central graduate Riley Elliot grew up in Sammamish, WA. During her upbringing, she was always very fond of Ellensburg, WA. Ever since she could remember, she has visited the small town and campus- due to her annual family trip to the Ellensburg Rodeo. As early as 13, she made up her mind that she would be a Wildcat after high school.

By the end of her freshman year at Central, she made the decision to work towards receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a double minor in Business Management and Non-Profit Administration. Within four years, she received her degree in Spring 2016.

Riley’s education from Central gave her more than she could have imagined. Her Non-Profit Administration minor taught her the skills necessary to take on the VP role of her family’s non-profit, “End Brain Cancer Initiative,” formally known as “The Chris Elliott Fund”. The fund was initially started in honor of her father, Chris Elliott, who struggled with and ultimately passed away from brain cancer and is dedicated to closing the gap to advanced brain cancer treatment and clinical trial participation, and to providing HOPE to brain tumor patients and their families nationally.

Today, her passion for brain cancer advocacy is greater than ever. She feels her father would be very proud of the work the End Brain Cancer Initiative has done and it is aspiring goals to EFFECT LASTING CHANGE and standardized of care for brain cancer patients. 

This year, Riley will have the honor of serving the End Brain Cancer Initiative through brain cancer education, awareness, and research through her platform as Miss Downtown Seattle USA. Riley’s plan is to broaden brain cancer outreach on a state level through competing for Miss WA USA this November.

Riley is also a youth leader for sophomore girls in high school. One of her biggest joys is watching kids become stronger in their faith and find their purpose and passion. She volunteers her time on a weekly basis at Timberlake Church’s high school ministry and served as a leader at high school summer camp this last July in Canada.

Riley is currently an Advertising Executive for Bonneville Seattle Media, she represents KIRO FM 97.3, The Seattle Seahawks Radio Network, KTTH AM 770, and Radio/News Website MyNorthwest.com – in the Seattle market.

In Riley’s life, her mother and father, both Wildcat alumni, have taught her that just one person can make a very real and lasting difference in this world. 
“I thank them every day for teaching me this life-long lesson. Every time I think something can’t be done, I just think of what my father has inspired through the End Brain Cancer Initiative.”

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