Cancer Couldn't Keep This Education Graduates Dad from Walking Her Down the Aisle

Riley Byrnes-Peterson and Tom Byrnes
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

by: Kadee Blakley, Charlotte Five

Around this time last year, Riley Byrnes-Peterson had her hands full. A student at UNC Charlotte, she was studying Child and Family Development – a course of study about the development of children from birth to kindergarten. But it was the family development part that particularly spoke to Peterson.

“We learn a lot about different family dynamics. A family can be defined by anything,” Peterson said.

Days were long and a grueling schedule often involved traveling to a variety of schools, including private and lower income schools, as a student teacher. But according to Peterson, it was always a labor of love.

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