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Metro Detroit woman learns to dance after violent car wreck nearly kills her

Posted at 6:04 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 18:04:31-05

This weekend is the 10th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars! The event helps raise money for the South Oakland Shelter.

The organization is devoted to ending homelessness in our community.

All of the dancers participating are inspiring in their own right.

Alexandria Riley is a contestant with quite a testimony. Riley is a philanthropist, a businesswoman and a fighter.

Twelve years ago Riley was involved in a tragic accident that nearly killed her. 

Though she didn’t lose her life, she lost a limb. In order to save her life, Alexandria was forced to have one of her legs amputated. 

Alexandria refused to let fear of the unknown, stop her from living her life’s mission.

“Actually, my mom named me Alexandria. The meaning of Alexandria is 'helper to mankind.' I try to live up to that, the best that I possibly can,” she says proudly.

Alexandria is the new Chief Development Officer for the City of Pontiac. She’s also a real estate professional and an accomplished builder.

Now, Alexandria is on the contestants in Saturday’s Dancing with the Detroit Stars. 

“I am absolutely thrilled! I have a great instructor Nick I’ve been working with. It’s challenging at times, and we're right at the final push before Saturday's event, but we're going to have a great time for a great cause”, Alexandria says with a big smile.

The event is always a tremendous success and raises much-needed funds for the South Oakland Shelter. 

If you’d like to attend, there are still tickets, for standing room only. Go to under news & events.