Riley's Wish Foundation establishes lecture series to support CYAAR

Riley's WishMargaret Sisson, executive director of Riley’s Wish Foundation, and the Riley’s Wish Foundation Board of Directors have established a lecture series to support Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR).

The Riley’s Wish Foundation wishes to honor Riley Sisson and his passion for helping those suffering from mental illness and addiction by funding a lecture series to bring the best, the brightest and the most thought-provoking leaders in mental health, addiction and recovery treatment, healthcare, and government to Kennesaw State’s campus.

The lecture series provides the opportunity for a broad range of speakers, giving the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery the ability to educate KSU and the surrounding community on the most pressing issues related to how addiction is treated and viewed by society as a whole.

“Riley’s Wish Foundation believes this lectureship will be instrumental in raising awareness and educating the community about mental health and addiction,” Sisson said.

Sisson has been a tireless advocate for the treatment of mental health and addiction in tandem, and is a featured speaker at conferences on the issue across the United States. For more information on the Riley’s Wish Foundation, visit its website at

“Community collaboration and support is critical to raise awareness in the field of addiction and recovery,” Teresa Wren Johnston, director of the CYAAR, said. “KSU is grateful for the life of Riley Sisson and the impact Riley’s Wish Foundation will have in the field of mental health and addiction.”

Riley’s Wish Foundation has pledged $20,000 to fund the lecture series over the next four years.