Stu­dent raises money in cousin’s honor

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Molly Devine raised $1,867 dur­ing Pe­di­atric Cancer Aware­ness Month in Septem­ber af­ter her young cousin’s re­cent cancer di­ag­no­sis in­spired her to help other chil­dren.

Molly, in eighth grade, or­ga­nized the Com­pas­sion­ate Change Drive at her school, Our Lady of Peace School in Clarks Green. She col­lected dimes for the Jessie Rees Foun­da­tion. The foun­da­tion sends Joy Jars to chil­dren fight­ing cancer and en­cour­ages them to never ever give up. The jars are filled with “things kids love” and are de­liv­ered around the world. Last year, over 38,000 kids re­ceived Joy Jars from the foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

Molly placed 16-ounce water bot­tles in each home­room for a week be­gin­ning Mon­day, Sept. 25, and col­lected them on Mon­day, Oct. 2. Each bot­tle fit enough dimes to raise $100 a bot­tle.

Molly’s 10-year-old cousin, Wil­liam, who lives in Flor­ida, was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia and re­ceived a jar dur­ing his bat­tle with cancer.

River­side Stu­dents, Tyler Paw­likowski, left, and Elise Hum­mel, right, help their class­mate, Kyra Poli­dori, seated, reg­is­ter to vote.

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