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Hockessin Community News
  • REMEMBERING MOLLY

  • To many of us in the small state of Delaware, Molly Dunne was a 7-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension and HHT (Osler Weber Rendu) after collapsing at her first day of kindergarten at St. John the Beloved Catholic School. A day that should have been a happy memory instead became the first day of a journey that no child should have to take.


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  • To many of us in the small state of Delaware, Molly Dunne was a 7-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension and HHT (Osler Weber Rendu) after collapsing at her first day of kindergarten at St. John the Beloved Catholic School. A day that should have been a happy memory instead became the first day of a journey that no child should have to take.
    Throughout her illness, Molly made huge leaps in the recovery process, but unfortunately, despite her gains, came many losses. Molly was in heart failure, and, according to doctors, 70 percent of people with PH die due to right ventricular failure.  

    Take a trip back through Molly’s life. Check out her other stories on www.communitypub.com

    www.communitypub.com/archive/x1581726505/FOLLOW-UP-2nd-annual-Miracles-for-Molly-Egg-Hunt-needs-support

    www.communitypub.com/archive/x1696636947/1st-EVER-Beat-The-Heat-Wing-Relay-Race-for-Molly

    www.communitypub.com/newsnow/x402783327/Molly-Dunne-returns-home-Celebrate-at-Rita-s-Water-Ice-in-Hockessin

    www.communitypub.com/features/x43525088/Fundraiser-hopes-to-offer-miracle-to-6-year-old

    Her mother Kristen shared her thoughts, feelings and hopes for Molly in a journal on CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit website that connects family and friends in the matters of health.
    As Molly’s condition worsened, Kristen decided to put together a list of things to do her daughter.
    “We are working on a ‘bucket list’ for Molly — trying to seize the day and not wait a minute longer for the things we've said we want to do or things we know Molly would love. We are trying to live amongst some very real plans for what will come,” Kristen wrote in her journal on CaringBridge May 1.
    Ideas for Molly’s bucket list came pouring in, many of which were rites of passage any young girl would want to experience. She wanted to go to the prom, attend a father/daughter dance, be a girl scout, hold a princess party, go on a date, and get a kiss from a boy.  
    When Kristen published this list, offers of help came pouring in.  According to close family friend Erin Lacey, Molly was invited to at least three proms, and many people emailed her and offered to throw princess parties.
    Unfortunately, her condition began to deteriorate much more quickly than anyone had anticipated. Lacey realized that Molly would not be able to complete any of the items from her bucket list.
    “I wracked my brain for some way to allow people to help — there were so many offers and I hate turning people down,” Lacey said.
    That was when Lacey’s Flat Molly project came about, which she based on the popular school project Flat Stanley that allows students to share the adventures of a paper doll traveling in their neighborhood. Friends, family and strangers from all over the world got wind of the project and started posting photos on Molly’s Facebook page holding Molly’s photo. The photos range from people on vacation, children on a playground, and people in Hawaii and Australia – while holding Molly’s photo.
    Page 2 of 2 - The pictures were meant to be a way for Molly to virtually experience the world around her, and live out her last days all over the globe.
    Lacey thought she would receive a few submissions from local families and friends, but then the pictures started to roll in.  

    WHERE HAS MOLLY BEEN?

    Check out where Molly has been — visit her Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/#!/miraclesformolly

    “I am not sure at this moment how many pictures we have, but it's near 300, if not over. The idea that so many people, mostly strangers, would do this for Molly and her family blew me away.  All I could think was that this was truly Molly's miracle,” Lacey said.  
    According to Lacey, Molly looked at those pictures all day on Tuesday, May 15 while she lay in her bed. Unconscious on Wednesday night, her twin sister Kate lay next to her, playing the video of the Flat Molly pictures and some of the other videos that Lacey created. Molly passed away in the early morning hours on Thursday, May 17, having traveled the globe, and having touched more lives than any seven-year-old to date.  
     
     

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