Cancer Surviving, Big-Hearted Roxbury Student Gets Surprise Royal Treatment

Isabella Reilly shows surprise as she learns the limo outside Eisenhoer Middle School on Friday is waiting for her
Isabella Reilly with her parents

ROXBURY, NJ – A Roxbury middle school student who survived cancer, and now works to help other children suffering from illnesses, was treated like a princess Friday with a series of surprises organized by school staffers.

Eisenhower Middle School student Isabella Reilly was stunned when, upon walking outside school after classes, she encountered a stretch limousine and a group of people who told her the fancy car was for her. There was a school dance Friday night, and the awaiting limo was but the first step in preparing Reilly for a night she likely will not forget.

The limo, donated by Aristocrat Limousine & Bus Co. of Parsippany, drove the eight-grader to Santana’s Salon in Succasunna, where, for free, her hair was made-up for the dance. Then she was taken to Looma Spa, also in Succasunna, for a donated manicure and pedicure. After that, it was off to Morristown where Reilly received a gown for the evening donated by Dressed to the Nines.

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A key organizer of all this was Eisenhower Middle School civics teacher Heather Roddy, who said she was compelled to surprise Reilly with the special treatment as a way of honoring and thanking the student.

Reilly developed a toy drive at the middle school while in Roddy’s seventh-grade civics class. She initiated the gathering of toys that will be donated to children in a hospital oncology unit.

Reilly was clearly stunned and surprised on Friday when she learned the awaiting limo was for her. She’d stayed after school to help set-up the gym for the night’s dance, having no idea she was about to be honored.

“I thought I was just going to go into the gym, set up and wait for people to come," she said. "But this … is outstanding.”

Roddy said Reilly deserved the special treatment, having donated so much time and energy into helping other ill young people. "She's a very special young lady," said the teacher. "What she is doing is beautiful."

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