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(This is the second in an occasional series that will follow Riley McCoy through her senior year at Dana Hills High.)

The new queen sparkled under the stadium lights, accepting tearful congratulations, hugs and kisses from those who took joy in her coronation.

Her story seemed like a fairy tale.

Riley McCoy, the girl whose rare disease forces her to spend her daylight hours indoors, floated through her first weekend as the Dana Hills High homecoming queen trying to find new places in her home for the flowers, gifts and candy she received from well-wishers from around the world. Her story appeared on eight television news programs.

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