At age 16 Molly Giudice of Westerly lost her mother to lung cancer. Despite her feelings of devastation, Molly turned her private pain into a public crusade to raise awareness and money for the Lung Cancer Foundation.To date she has raised more than $5,000 and it is her continued efforts and acts of kindness that make her the ninth Metta Students Foundation recipient. Today the foundation awarded her $1,000.
Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s kind act towards another teen. Each month, during the school year, the foundation awards one thousand dollars to a student who shares metta.
“Metta means love and kindness,"states Norm Kelly, “and we are proud to be able to give recognition to all of those bright lights who give back, not because they have to, but because they are truly good hearted and want to make a positive difference.”
Molly’s swim coach and Director of Admissions at The Prout School nominated Molly saying, “Molly has always been a very driven young lady and I believe she got that strength from her mother. Molly has dealt with so much heartache this past year and never once let it deter her from doing her best. I know her mother is so proud of her!”
Shortly after her passing Molly dedicated a swim meet to her mother and on Saturday October 12th she is spearheading 5K run, at 11:30 a.m. from the Narragansett North Beach Pavilion. The proceeds go to the Lung Cancer Foundation.
“Molly is an 'inspiration' to me,” states Bonnie Addario founder of the Lung Cancer Foundation,” With young people like Molly coming up in the world it is a relief to know our country is going to be in very good hands! The world listens to its young and Molly is a perfect example of what they can accomplish.
“I have seen the effects cancer can have on a person,” states Molly Giudice, “and I want to be a small part of helping to find a cure. I want to make a difference. Receiving the Metta Students Foundation scholarship is a great honor. I am so humbled that people are recognizing and caring about the work I have put into this event.”
To see video of how the Metta Students foundation began or for more information about the foundation click here. If you know a Rhode Island high school students who has done a random act of kindness, click here to see how they could become Metta Student Foundation winner.