11-year-old “superhero” walks the red carpet

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MOUNTAIN TOP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – 11-year-old Riley Schmidt was shocked to walk out of his house on a red carpet.

“I like the carpet. I mean, it’s my favorite color and all,” said Superhero Riley Schmidt.

Riley has many superpowers, like giving the best hugs and fighting end-stage renal disease.

“He’s been a trooper since the minute he came into this world, they didn’t think that he was going to make it at all,” said Monica Schmidt, Riley’s mother.

And now he’s 11 years old. Riley is “Thor” in the Superhero 2021 Calendar sponsored by the non-profit “Superheroes Believe in Miracles” which specializes in caring for all children battling chronic or serious illnesses.

“He was on home dialysis from the time he was about six months old until he was five and a half,” said Monica Schmidt.

He’s had two kidney transplants, including one just five years ago.

“We celebrate every year with cake, his birthday, King Bob’s birthday, that is,” said Monica Schmidt.

King Bob is what he named his new kidney. Riley and King Bob will continue saving the world, his world one day at a time.

You can get your hands on one of these calendars for $10 plus $7 shipping. For more information, click here.

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