PORTLAND, Ore. -- Children and their families at Randall Children’s Hospital will get a special visit Saturday from Santa and police officers from the Portland area.
This is the annual Holiday Party, made possible by “Miles from Molly,” the Molly Thompson Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to support kids who are staying in the hospital.
Molly Thompson was four years old when she passed away from a rare liver cancer in 1998.
Her parents Michael and Wendy say Molly’s wish was “to take care of my hospital friends”. And that has become their mission. For the past 18 years, Molly’s fund has raised money for Randall Children’s Hospital, to support children.
Michael and Wendy say Molly’s selfless, giving spirit, lives on.
“If Molly was getting a present she would also ask, ‘can we give this to the kid down the hall’?” said Michael.
The money from Miles from Molly makes sure the Child Life Therapy Program at Randall has resources to help every child cope with hospitalization and pain. It also pays for the Holiday Party.
This is where every year, dozens of police officers visit, too. Molly’s father Michael is a Hillsboro policeman, and says it’s amazing to see the support, every year.
Miles from Molly funds also furnish the pediatric playrooms, places where kids can be kids.
As for the holiday party on Saturday, Michael and Wendy say, and their daughter’s spirit will be with them.
“We feel Molly is there. We feel Molly comes down, and visits, she told us she wanted us to continue helping her hospital kids,” said Michael. ‘She wanted us to have the party, and so we know Molly would have to be overjoyed.”
Michael estimates Miles from Molly has helped more than 10,000 kids over the years, and about 300 kids sit on Santa’s lap every holiday party.
Monday from Miles from Molly also funds other activities and events for kids though the year. If you would like to learn more, and donate, visit the organization’s website.
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