Friday, January 15, 2010

Molly gives Haiti children her all


Molly is no longer able to add to her blog, her body was recovered from the wreckage of the Fr. Wasson Center in Petion-Ville, Haiti following the January 12th earthquake.

Molly's family is very proud of what she has done in her 22 years on this earth and hope that you will learn from Molly's writings what drove her to leave a life full of family, friends, hot water, clean water, plentiful food and peppermint frappuccinos, to a life of cold showers, bug bites, rice and beans everyday, and hot muggy days. Its very simple, THE CHILDREN. In Haiti she found unconditional love, simple pleasures, smiles all day and a second family. And it made her smile.

If you would like to help continue Molly's dream and journey, please follow the listed link to the Friends of the Orphans web site set up in Molly's name.

http://www.friendsoftheorphans.org/molly

Posted by her loving and extremely sad family, both of them

269 comments:

  1. God bless Molly and her Family.

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  2. Rest in peace Molly.

    Your works have made many lives better. We can only hope to match your legacy when its our turn to go.

    Respect.

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  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am a mere stranger, but your Molly's story will forever inspire me. We must demand from the divine why, why good people are taken from us.

    Ben Holmes,
    Maine

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  4. Thank you, Molly, for inspiring us to be more, to do more, to love more. God Bless Mike and Mary for raising such a grace-filled young woman of faith. Thank you, Molly, for living the Gospel.

    AMDG
    Susie Kennedy-Gray

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  5. rest in peace. blessings and comfort to you for raising a compassionate person.

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  6. What a beautiful young woman. She will be greatly missed here on earth and welcomed by Him. Bless you all.

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  7. Wow, Molly really seemed like an amazing young lady. She is definitely one that leads by example, what an inspiration. I know that all of UP students and alumni are thinking of her and praying for her friends and family.

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  8. My daughter was a cleft affected orphan in China. I wish she'd had someone like Molly in her early life and I know that Molly's love for those children will make a difference to them for the rest of their lives. She'll live on in them all. I'm so sorry her's was a short life, but what a meaningful life and a wonderful person. Sarah, Gig Harbor.

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  9. I am so sorry for the loss of Molly. She truly seemed to be a remarkable young woman full of courage and a desire to help others. She will be greatly missed by so many.

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  10. May Molly rest in peace in the company of angels. May your family take comfort in her good work and all the lives she touched in Haiti. Her work will not be forgotten. Please know that people around the world are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  11. God Bless Molly who was an inspiration and wonderful example to all. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. This catastrophe that has claimed so many innocent peoples' lives will forever remain in my heart and soul. It is time for everyone in the world to take a step back and look at the real meaning of life, which means helping others just as Molly did.

    She is now an Angel in heaven looking down upon her loving family and surrounded by those children who also lost their lives so tragically in Haiti.

    In loving memory of Molly and all the children she loved and who loved her back.

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  12. Mollys story has struck me to the core. I don't know why, when so many have died. I'm just so humbled and inspired by who she was. Bless her, all of those beautiful children and everyone. Thank you Molly, I will not soon forget you

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  13. "I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26
    God bless you Molly.

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  14. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have heard others say there is no greater heartache than to lose a child. We expect to lose our parents, we never expect to lose our children. I am sorry this unexpected loss has come into your lives. I am praying that you will continually turn to the Lord and His precious Word for comfort. The Lord knows what it is to lose a child - He allowed His Son's death for the salvation of the world. May her beautiful memories comfort your hearts; and may you be comforted with the thought that she lost her life while in the process of giving hers. She was a special woman and will continue to touch many lives.

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  15. I am so very sorry for your loss. While I did not know your daughter, I am a fellow UP alum and feel a connection to her in that regard. She is such an inspiration to us all. To give your life so generously to those in need is a trait of an angel on Earth, which Molly most definitely was. She will serve as an inspiration to us all to not only do more for others but to give more of ourselves to the world as well. She will not be forgotten. Her amazing and selfless work will live on in the hearts of those that she touched. She passed doing the work of the lord, changing and impacting the lives of countless children. What a blessing to this world she was. Your family will be in my constant thoughts and prayers.

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  16. My heart goes out to you and everyone affected by this awful situation. I never knew Molly, but she was not deserving of what happened. I'm glad that at least she was doing something admirable. I know that she will continue to inspire many people. My best of wishes to everyone and heartfelt condolences.

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  17. God bless your family in this difficult time.

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  18. Thank you for your spirit and kindness. Humanity could do better if there were many more of you.

    Your family is right to be proud.

    I am so sorry.

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  19. I wish I had taken the opportunity to get to know Molly better during our time at UP, but while I may not have as many memories in the past, she will live forever in my future as an inspiration to share her love and kindness to all. Your family is in my prayers, and I have no doubt that Molly is up with the angles.

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  20. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Molly. She seems like a very outgoing and outstanding woman. Her time here was well spent. I am sure she had touched many lives. Her blog is very powerful and inspirational. She will be forever missed.

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  21. Lisa Beneson Seattle, WAJanuary 16, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot stop thinking about Molly and the inspirational life she led, after hearing about her on the news. I read through her blog, and feel as if I knew her -- as my life is also devoted to helping children in need. My heart aches for your family, and for all those suffering in Haiti. I am praying for your family, and hope that you find peace in knowing that when she entered heaven, the Lord greeted her by saying, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

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  22. I cannot imagine what you must be going through right now. Please know that your beautiful daughter has made an impact on so many people's lives. I am praying for your family, that you may find peace and, that you will always have your precious memories of your amazing daughter!

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  23. This blog and this compassionate young woman put a name and a face and context to incomprehensible grief. There are just no words to convey how sorry I am for your great loss. Molly leaves a beautiful and inspirational footprint in Haiti and in the US. Blessings to your family. ~Kelly from California

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  24. God bless Molly and her family. Prayers for all of you and those in Haiti that are suffering.

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  25. I'm not a believer, but I do believe Molly was doing a believer's work. Bless your heart Molly. Haiti lost an angel this week. Here is to Molly's family, friends and her adopted family in Haiti. Godspeed Molly.

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  26. Molly's story has touched my heart deeply, and given me hope in the midst of this chaotic Haiti situation... at 78, I feel there is little I can do to help, but Molly's life is an inspiration for me to do whatever I can to make the world a better, more compassionate place for all human beings! What an amazing young woman!
    Pru

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  27. I am so sorry for your loss! What an inspirational young woman, whom truly lived and loved life!! She is an example to other young people, she can show them how to live and give of yourself! Your family is in my prayer- Jackie from Houston

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  28. Jesus Christ, what a shame.

    What was Molly doing in that Haitian hellhole when she would have been better off back in her home country amongst her family and friends, maybe having a boyfriend or husband, getting married, and soon having some of her own kids?

    The altruism of many Westerners will be our downfall. While we piddle around in Haiti, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere our own nation are increasingly falling apart. Ever heard the phrase "Charity starts at home"? We need to start following that again.

    Hasn't anyone noticed the skyrocketing poverty rate amongst AMERICANS in the last few years?

    Where are all of the activists to help your own people and fellow citizens instead of some strangers half a world away?

    I am very sorry to the family of Molly and others who lost loved ones in the quake, but we need to rearrange our priorities if the USA is going to thrive in to the future.

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  29. "drove her to leave a life full of family, friends, hot water, clean water, plentiful food and peppermint frappuccinos, to a life of cold showers, bug bites, rice and beans everyday, and hot muggy days. Its very simple, THE CHILDREN."

    Many millions of American children (and adults) are currently living in poverty that gets worse and worse every year - where is the relief for them? Why go to Haiti, Africa, Asia, Latin America, or elsewhere when millions of Americans need your help and charity NOW more than ever before?

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  30. I posted this on my Facebook page. Found it through Ron and Don. Molly is an inspiration, I wish I had known her. So sorry for your loss. Thanks for updating her blog.

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  31. What a wonderful woman - my heart aches for the loss of her life and what I imagine are many of the children she was working with. I know her heart would be breaking for them right now if she was here. May Molly's story and example ensure that these kids have volunteers and protectors from here on out in her honor!

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  32. "Anonymous" We all make our choices as to which individuals to help. Who are you to judge who an individual chooses to help? Americans do need help and they receive it everyday from fellow Americans. Then there are people like Molly who choose to help others with much more challenges than we face in the US. Please be kind and respect what was her personal choice.

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  33. Dear Hightower family - I have been closely following this story since it hit the news and I quickly realized this is the same Hightower family with whom I went to school (Mike and Paul). I held out hope that there would be a miracle. When I got up this morning the first thing I did was to check my laptop and I was devastated to read the news. I want you to know you are being lifted in prayer by so many friends and even strangers and this will continue. We grieve with you.

    May you find some type of peace and comfort knowing Molly leaves behind a tremendous legacy of love, caring and compassion that will continue to impact and change so many lives. I know she's in heaven caring for those little ones she loved so much. And that she has heard the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant" from our Heavenly Father as she does His work in caring for "the least of these."

    Wishing you peace and comfort that passes our understanding.

    Jane Henry
    Federal Way

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  34. Thank you Molly for all that you did! You are much braver than most people I know! Even though I've never met you, it is clear that you were a strong, compassionate, and loving young lady.

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  35. What a beautiful person this world has lost, such a tragedy. Molly's life and the good work she did touches and inspires me; I'm just saddened that it took her death for us all to learn of her extraordinary gifts to the world. I hope that all of us who are touched by her story can carry on her work in a million small and large ways.

    Kindness and love to others is never wasted, no matter where they live. Wherever we are called, we should go. We are all human, after all.

    Love to her family, both here in Washington and in Haiti.

    Sarah

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  36. Please know that your daughter's life, service and example is an inspiration to many. Molly was Jesus's hands and feet on earth. I pray for the Lord to hold you close to His heart in your grief. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  37. I am a student and Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma and the Mass today nearly made me cry. Though I never knew Molly, my heart goes out for your entire family. You are in the prayers of every student at Bellarmine.
    AMDG

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  38. Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow;
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
    I am the gentle autumn's rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary E. Frye

    Rest in peace Molly

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  39. I would never deem myself worthy or capable to ask WHY this incredible loss of life, and untold lives. But, what an enormous and incredible spirit lesson has Molly's life purpose and story become to me. A virtual stranger.

    May the spirit of her kind and enlightened spirit remain a loving beacon and life model to us all. Peace be unto you, and to all her family and beloved ones. Thank you, Molly - for caring about our global children. You were the living epitome of our Christian teaching. I'll always remember you.

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  40. Heartsick at the news. Peace be upon her, and with her families (both of them). And let us strive to continue her good works.

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  41. I am very sorry for your loss. I know you are so proud of this lovely young woman who did so much for other people.

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  42. Molly was truely one of the great ones in our world. Celebrating her life, like her family is doing, is perfect start to the new beginning. My heart and prayers go out to Molly, her family, friends and her children. God Bless....525,600 minutes...I need to do more and live by her example. Thank you Molly, I'm 42 and I can change.

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  43. I did not know Molly well, only via a few e-letters; however, it was obvious she was all about the CHILDREN. I send my prayers to her family; your devastation must be immense. She obviously was a light in your lives as well as in those of these very challenged and special children who came to know her so well.

    My deepest condolences.

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  44. I want to be like Molly.... I didn't know her 4 day ago, and now she has changed me. Thank you Molly. Thank you for leading by example and showing me how to be Christ-like. Amazing!! I love you!!

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  45. Molly lived her short life with remarkable compassion and conviction. What a gift, and what a loss. My deepest condolences to the Hightower family.

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  46. You raised an amazing and outstanding daughter. THe love she has for fellow man is unwaivering and beautiful. I have no doubt she is continuing to make children smile with Jesus by her side. May GOd give you strenth during this time.

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  47. To CS and anonymous: Just and FYI, Molly did the work of Christ (biblicaly and literally). In the US we are lucky to have social programs to help our poor and weary. In Haiti, they do not. They are the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Molly was a blessing to Haiti and she showed the children of Haiti how to love and to be loved. She is amazing. If everyone in this world tried to be slightly like Molly, we would probably achieve world peace.

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  48. DIS FUCKING BITCH DESERVED TO DIE! FUCK NIGGERS! IT WAS GOD'S WILL!

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  49. Molly's aunt Chris is a colleague and good friend of my Mom's -- and while I never knew Molly, this mutual connection makes me feel all the more saddened by her sudden passing. I am inspired by her words. I am inspired by her decision to leave the world she knew behind to help those in need. I am inspired by her life.

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  50. Deepest sympathies to the entire Hightower family. Mary, I am thankful that we ran into you in the store a few months ago. I had been reading Molly's blogs at various times since then.
    What a beautiful young woman she was inside and out.
    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may Your Perpetual Light shine upon her.
    Joann Castleton

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  51. I didn't know you, Molly. I graduated from Bellarmine before you were even born. Thank you for reminding me what's important, and renewing my faith in...well, living a Christ-centered life in service of others. That's what our alma mater did for us and what we should continue to do, especially at this time in the world. You've inspired me. My heart breaks for your family and friends. God bless you all.

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  52. It shocks me that people would have the audacity to post some of the horrible comments that they have on this page, which is presently acting as a sort of eulogy for a young woman who dedicated her life to helping others. Regardless of where she was, Haiti or America, a selfless life is a live well lived. While I am saddened to hear about the loss of Molly, I am inspired by her story and I am inspired, as a parent, to know that I have the opportunity to raise children who can be models of love and kindness to strangers in need, both near and far. -jn

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  53. I am very, very sorry for your loss.

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  54. Hightower family,

    My deepest sympathies. It has been a while since the Rainier Rubies crashed your living room, but I wish could be there to grieve with the community. Instead, I tried to honor her story in my work this week.You can read it hear if you like:

    http://melissasadventure.blogspot.com/2010/01/disaster-in-haiti-reminder-to-all.html

    Keeping you and yours in my prayers,
    Melissa Stuart

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  55. I only discovered Molly's story on Thursday morning... In the midst of my break, I read her blog and found myself wishing I knew her while quietly saying that her frappuchino maker would've done wonders for her in the heat of Haiti. My heart broke this morning to hear that she hadn't made it. I do fully believe that God just couldn't stand another moment without her in His home and wanted to walk with her personally. She has changed the lives of many, both personally and from a distance. Blessings to your family in this incredibly hard time. I only wish to have the heart for people she had.

    Bethanie,
    Lynnwood

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  56. This story brought a tear to my eye. What an incredible, giving, and kind woman Molly was. I wish there were more like her on this earth... and more people like Molly's parents that raised her the way they did. God bless you all.
    - Marcus G. and family,
    Phoenix, Arizona

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  57. My deepest condolences to the Hightower family. No one knows the day or hour of our time hear on earth. She lived life like it was her last. She was bless and I know she did God's work. You can never take life for granted. I am inspired by her love of life and her grace. May she rest in everlasting peace. Amen.
    -Gormley family
    Castle Rock, Colorado

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  58. My heart goes out to Molly's family, friends, and the children/colleagues with whom she worked. The victims -- both the dead and the survivors -- of the earthquake are consistently heavy on my heart and in my prayers. How truly blessed Molly was to have experienced meaning and purpose in her life through her work in Haiti. Her passion for the children and for life itself is undeniably evident throughout her writing and photos. She was obviously a hero to the children, and now she stands as a hero to the world: an altruistic global thinker who was strong enough of an individual to actually put others before herself -- to "walk the walk."

    -Kristen,
    St. Louis

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  59. Beauty in its finest form.
    My heart has ached for you for the past few days. I am so humbled by what you have done for the world and what you have taught us. I have had the honor of knowing you and knowing your family, and I am a better person because of it. You have changed my world Molly, thank you.
    You are a hightower, to the fullest degree.

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  60. Molly, your family loves you so much. I have never seen this much love under one roof! I know you have seen it firsthand more than I, but they are here for you, and they have been all week. Through the tears and stresses this has done something beautiful to the world. I love you, what you have given this lonely sometimes horrible planet is priceless. the ultimate sacrifice.

    I will not forget you. your inspiration has taken my heart.
    I couldn't cry any harder or laugh any louder than what I have done today (Zach helped).
    thank you thank you thank you,
    Hannah

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  61. Molly's story made me weep. Maybe it was that we are the same age or that she loved peppermint frappucino's too...but I wish I had the courage to do what she did every day in Haiti. Godbless Molly. Walk with Christ. Be at peace.

    And please, Lord, be with Molly's family at this painful time.

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  62. Lord, be near to those who are hurting. My prayers are with you and the dear people of Haiti.

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  63. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your daughter is an inspiration and her love for you was so clear in her writings.

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  64. Heart wrenching

    May peace and comfort find both her families and all those touched by this angel.

    Greg in Illinois

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  65. Her world should be our world...RIP MY DEAR.

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  66. I am so sorry for the loss of this young life - so wonderful and unique and so emblematic of all of the lives lost in this horrible tragedy. I carry this in my heart.

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  67. Molly was truly a Blessing to others! Wow! I did not know Molly but her blog and her work giving back to others really touched me! I will keep Molly family in my prayers!
    Peace & Blessings! Lisa, Washington, DC

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  68. May Molly's loved ones find comfort in knowing hers was a life well lived.

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  69. So very sorry for the loss of this beautiful young woman...prayers to her family and friends...Molly, you have lived an amazing life, and you will live on in the children you loved and cared for.

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  70. I'm sorry for the loss of Molly. She was light in the world. I hope you can keep her light burning.

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  71. My prayers go out to your family. What a beautiful individual Molly must have been. I am so very sorry for your loss. Hopefully Molly will serve as an inspiration to others. I am a stranger, but I know she has inspired me.
    Kristin D.
    Panama City Beach, Fl

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  72. I am so terribly sorry for your loss, and for the world's loss of an angel such as Molly. And though it may be of little comfort, please know her last moments were filled with the love of those children.

    Blessings to the Hightower family. Molly will never be forgotten.

    Julie B.
    NYC

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  73. After reading her blog Molly was what all of us as humans should strive to be...caring, compassionate, humble, giving, kind, loving, and extremely generous. I am sorry for your families loss and sorry for our worlds loss of such an amazing young woman.

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  74. To Molly's family,
    Molly's love for these kids shines through. Our son spent his early days in an orphanage and was very ill. We have him home as a healthy boy in large part to the young Americans like Molly who loved him, held him, and prayed for him each day. You should be very proud of her. All my love to you during this sad time.

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  75. I pray that soul of Molly rest in peace and Thank God for wonderful human being like Molly.
    Molly's parent should be so proud to give birth to such wonderful person.
    I am in tears and touched by Molly eventhough I never knew her and reading first time in my life about her.

    Let us be inspired by her life and do something in her rememberance as tribute to her life.

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  76. Thank you Molly for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do - even though you are no longer with us, your legacy and your inspiration will forever live on. May you rest in peace, and may your family find comfort knowing that you have changed and positively impacted so many lives. I only knew you briefly from UP, but you left quite an impression.

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  77. Also, I wrote about Molly in my blog ...maybe you'd like to check it out. http://ashley-beck.blogspot.com

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  78. May you watch over the Children in Heaven... God Bless you and may God give strength to your family and everyone who has been affected by the tragedy in Haiti.

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  79. Dear Hightower family,

    How do you measure a lifetime? Not in years, but in heart, character, soul and good works. Your daughter’s lifetime was so full of love and humility that her story has touched us all, indelibly. Her mark on the world is deep and can never be erased.

    I know this will be of little comfort as you grieve and miss your girl, but please know that your family, Molly and the children she loved and cared for will be forever in our prayers.

    KT
    Seattle

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  80. Her life was a great comfort for those children. Molly's blog and life story brings the tragedy to a whole new level, thanks to her ability to introduce the children to her readers. She served others well in her short life and will help others do the same through her inspiration. She will live on through the actions of others. Condolences to her family and friends, and prayers for the children.

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  81. Your daughter is an inspiration. I wish there were more people in this world like her. Her story has inspired me to be more selfless. I can't begin to imagine all the lives she improved just by being herself. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Jackie from Minnesota

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  82. i was drawn to this page because i read about your daughter in a news article.
    I live in the portland area and this story really touched me.
    Your daughter seemed like an amazing person and she passed on doing what she loved, helping other people.
    my thoughts are with your family.

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  83. Dear Hightower family ~ My heart aches for what you are experiencing right now. I spent some time reading through her blog...what an amazing young woman you raised!

    We ALL have a journey...Each journey will come to an end. The most important thing is what we have done while on our journey. Who's life did we touch? Did we make a difference? Molly, a 22 yr old young woman giving of herself to help the children of Haiti...she got it right!

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  84. To those of you writing mean, nasty comments-

    This is not the place to be writing such hatred. Her family and friends are hurting enough. Keep your thoughts somewhere else, write them down on a piece of paper or keep them in your minds, just don't do it here. God have mercy on your souls and I will pray for you, that you may someday see the good in others.

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  85. I am so sorry for your loss. Molly was beautiful, inside and out. What important work she was doing! I feel lucky that she was so eloquent with her stories and thoughts, to be able to share in her life. She has, and will continue, to truly make a difference in the world. It is easy to see she was so loved by both her families. God bless.

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  86. I can't add anything unique to the outpouring of empathy here, but I just wanted to be added to the number of people who have amazing respect for you and your girl. I can't imagine your sadness.

    Molly certainly answered God's call for her life. Lovely, lovely girl.

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  87. I am so sorry for your loss. While reading her blog of her great work, I have become so inspired and emotional that I want to follow in her foot steps. May the memories of your sweet daughter help heal your heart.

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  88. I'm so sorry for your loss--and the loss of many others, most of all the children in Haiti who gained so much from the generosity and caring of a remarkable young woman.

    My condolences.

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  89. I cried when I opened Molly's blog today. I did not know her or read her blog prior to the earthquake, but I was so very touched by what I had read a couple of days ago. What a disappointment to check for any updates and find this post. So sad!

    She was an amazing young woman, and I am heartbroken for your loss.

    Do you have an update on her friend Rachel?

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  90. I didn't really know Molly that well, but I do remember she was always very nice, always smiling. I had no idea she went on to do such incredibly selfless work. She's lived more in 22 years than many have lived in a lifetime. Rest in peace, Molly.

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  91. I am so sorry for your loss. Molly has left behind a legacy of hope and compassion. May her legacy and bright light continue to shine as inspiration for others.
    With deepest respect for a life well lived,
    Dyann

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  92. What a remarkable daughter you raised. I know you are very proud of her and the difference she has made (and will continue to make, through her inspirational story) in this world. I'm sure she's still caring for children in heaven -- the kind of love she demonstrated in her life will continue through eternity.

    My heart aches for your loss, but I know your pride and love for Molly and the love and prayers of so many people will help you through the days ahead.

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  93. From what I can tell, Molly set out to change the life of a few orphans. In a country full of pain she brough healing, compassion, hope, and her bright smile. She set out to bring hope to those orphans, which she did quite well. However in her work she also brought hope to our world.

    I am sorry for your loss and I pray for your families healing. Molly will be missed greatly.

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  94. So extremely sorry for your loss and the children's. What a selfless young lady and an inspiration to others. God bless.

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  95. I remember how excited and nervous Molly was to volunteer in Haiti. I didn't know her well but what I know was that she was a extremely sweet and caring person. She inspires me and I will never forget how courageously she lived her life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and everyone touched by her. She was an incredible woman and may we live our lives to reflect the way in which she gave and served others.

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  96. My prayers for your family. As a missionary in the field, I know how hard it is to be away from family. Particularly at the holidays. But at the same time, our lives are full of such joy in knowing that we are following the purpose that God has for us and touching others with His love while we allow them to transform us. Molly was a very blessed woman who in turn blessed many. I'm sure she has heard those awesome words, "Well done though good and faithful servant."

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  97. I am heartsick reading the news of the loss of such a radiant and beautiful young woman. This blog is so moving and I hope it remains online so others can be inspired by Molly's selflessness. My heart goes out to her family, friends and all the Haitian children that lost a wonderful advocate.

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  98. I first heard about Molly on the Ron and Don Show and I was hoping that her story would have had a different ending. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your daughter and sister was an angel who touched all those beautiful kids and all of us who have read her blog.

    I am so glad that we now live in a time that technology has enabled people like Molly to create blogs of their experiences. Her journal entries and photos express so clearly how loving and compassionate Molly was. It breaks my heart that she won't be here in body to see her family or those beautiful Haitian kids ever again. But I know that she lives on in spirit and will continue to touch everyone with her lasting legacy.

    RIP Molly.

    Amy in Seattle

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  99. My thoughts and prayers go out to Molly's family and friend and Haiti. I didn't know Molly but by her website she looked like she was a light and angel to those children. You can tell she was very compassionate and loving. What an inspiration she is and the love she gave to those children will always live on.

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  100. What a contrast Molly's life is in comparison to the hate filled terrorist that can only destroy. May your example shine like a bright light on a hill of a better way.
    I am sorry this is how I was introduced to you. I am honored that you were almost a neighbor to me. Your life encourages me and that your are stark example that great people are still around working hard making a real difference.
    @ Molly's family - I am so sorry for your loss. I can see why you are also so very proud. What a great daughter! May God Bless each and everyone of you.

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  101. The Heatons from MAJanuary 16, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    The world would be a much better place if there were more people like Molly. May you all find comfort in each other during this time. Peace be with you and with Molly.

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  102. How beautiful she was! And is! Just think what she must be doing now, on the other side of the veil! Remember, you will see your daughter again--this is God's promise to us!

    I'm so sorry and may you be blessed with peace and understanding.

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  103. What an amazing person. The world has lost a very special woman.

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  104. I only found out about Molly a couple of days ago. I was praying that her story would have a very different ending. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. May Molly rest in peace in the company of angels.

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  105. Obviously the children that died in this tragedy needed a very special angel to be with them on the other side of the veil. Your angel fits that role perfectly.

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  106. I'm so sorry you - and the world- has lost such an amazing woman.

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  107. you are an inspiration molly, and one of the sweetest people ive ever known. your service was beautiful today, im sure you saw. rest in peace

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  108. What an amazing and inspirational young woman. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

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  109. What an inspiration Molly is to the world, but also to me personally! Her story touched me deeply and has been a great reminder to me to live every day to its fullest and to love uncoditionally. My prayers are with the Hightower family. May they find comfort in this time. - Heather, WA

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  110. My heart aches for all of you. She was an inspiration and as with the others, her story has touched me deeply! My prayers are with you all!

    Sylvia

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  111. Seriously, to all the people writing nasty comments: save it, it is so incredibly low!
    As for Molly, it's amazing how many people's lives she has affected and what she has accomplished in her 22 short years.
    I am so sorry for your family's loss. But rest assured that your daughter will never be forgotten. She was a lovely person!

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  112. I did not know Molly until seeing her name in the news this past week and reading her blog. I admire Molly's dedication and decision to serve the children of Haiti...my heart cries at the loss of her. Compassion, an open mind, and a positive perspective are necessary in life and are qualities that I believe help us understand each other a little better. They unite us. I am thankful when my path crosses the path of someone who lives those traits. Thank you to Molly for reminding me of how to best live in this world. To Molly's family, and to the people of Haiti, we are weeping with you during this sad time. -Beth, WA

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  113. I was so touched by Molly's blog when I came upon it a few days ago. I loved her posts and the pictures. Hearing about and seeing the pictures of the children that she helped brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful young lady you raised, so full of compassion for those with the biggest needs. I'm so very sorry to hear that she didn't survive. I'm sure that all those that met her will never forget her...as well as some of us who only heard of her this week. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and all those affected by this tragedy.

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  114. RIP Molly. Your blog remains as a reminder to us that we can all make a difference in someone's life. Condolences to the family.

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  115. I know there are many posts ahead of mine but I hope that Molly's family knows that we all are wishing them Peace and Love. Molly will be remembered.
    AD

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  116. Molly's blog is very inspiring and I send my condolences to all of her family and friends. It sounds like Molly did more to help people in her 22 years than most people do in a life time. Her time on earth was very well spent. I will pray that God will comfort your family in this time of great loss and sorrow.

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  117. I am inspired by your daughter and sad for your loss. I was praying for a different outcome and know that she was welcomed to the other side by the open arms of a proud Father in Heaven. Her work will continue unrestrained on the other side. Much love to your family. I'm so sorry.

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  118. Your daughter has obviously touched many. I have included her story in my own blog. I hope this is okay.
    http://emptynestart.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/haiti/
    Love from my family to yours.
    Sandi

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  119. I offer my deepest condolences for the loss of your sweet daughter Molly. How proud you must be for raising such a compassionate soul. She and your family will be in our prayers.
    Brenna Kelly
    Spokane

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  120. The world needs more people like Molly...

    "Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
    I follow the plan God laid for me.
    I saw His face, I heard His call,
    I took His hand and left it all...
    I could not stay another day,
    To love, to laugh, to work or play;
    Tasks left undone must stay that way.
    And if my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...
    Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.
    My life's been full, I've savoured much:
    Good times, good friends, a loved-one's touch.
    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—
    Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
    Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,
    Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow."

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  121. To the Hightower Family:
    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, and forever changed by your daughter's life.

    To those who have been moved by Molly's life and story:
    The tragic loss of Molly and other aid workers means that more aid and workers will be needed to care for all of the orphans who managed to survive. Molly gave her life for these children, so that they might have a better life...a life that we all take for granted. If you are moved by Molly's story, by the life she led, consider carrying on her torch in your own lives and/or supporting the mission for which she cared so much. Donate to Friends of the Orphans in Molly Hightower's honor: https://secure.imodules.com/s/769/inner.aspx?sid=769&gid=1&pgid=894&cid=1924

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  122. What a beautiful person Molly truly was. My thoughts are with both of her families at this very sad time.

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  123. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a loss to our entire human family. thank you for sharing Molly's blog with us and we will continue to pray for comfort and peace to all of you and also for the children she so dearly loved.

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  124. How do you measure a life? With arms wide open, embracing all of it with joyful exhuberance. Molly, you will be missed so much, even as the angels embrace you back. The lessons you taught us on how to live a life will be remembered!

    Lauren R., Wheeling, WV

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  125. So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

    Our young people are looking for something bigger than themselves and have so much to give. Molly was a wonderful example of how to gernerously respond to the call of service.

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  126. As the parent of a young daughter, I can only hope to raise such an exemplary and compassionate young woman. Molly touched so many lives in her short time; her memory will touch many more. Thank you for giving her to the world.

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  127. Molly...you are an inspiration to us all. In your too-short life you accomplished more than most of us will or ever would if we lived to be 100 years old. Simply to know you want and NEED to help others is an accomplishment. To go out and DO it is heroism. Thank you.

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  128. Molly was a heroic young woman. I have done mission work in Jamaica for a short time and it takes a special person to face those circumstances day after day. God Bless Molly, her Haitian children and her family. I'll keep you in my prayers. ~ Kathy

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  129. I only know of Molly through an online fellowship. It is heartbreaking to see someone die so young. However, she went doing the work that she obviously loved so much. I am sure she has touched more hearts then just those of the orphans in Haiti. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hightower family, her friends, all to the people of Haiti. May her spirit live on through us.

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  130. She was an angel on earth and she is for sure an angel in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are for the family....Thank you for sharing your daughters love to us....

    Maria

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  131. To Molly's family: May God give you comfort and peace beyond what is in our human power to offer. Molly was a beautiful child in spirit as well as in body, and I grieve for your loss. In 22 short years on Earth, she accomplished much more than most. I know that someday you will have a joyous reunion with her in heaven. Until then, may God bless and keep you.

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  132. Praying you find comfort in how Molly lived her life. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  133. So sorry to hear about Molly. I hope it brings comfort that she seemed to enjoy her work and made a difference in other lives. I didn't know her, just heard about her in the news, and wanted to extend my sympathies.

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  134. To Molly's family and friends - My deepest condolences for your loss. In this difficult time may you find comfort in knowing that your daughter was beautiful and giving human being. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  135. I am heartbroken for you, Molly's family. I will be praying for you in the weeks to come. I am so, so sorry for your loss.
    Sarabeth

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  136. So sorry about your heartache. God be with you in the days ahead of you.

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  137. Molly accomplished more and touched more lives in her 22 years than most who live much longer. I'm sure you're all very proud of her, as well you should be. You're in my thoughts during this terrible time.

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  138. Molly seems like she was an amazing young lady, who most definitely is an angle. I can only hope to aspire to the level of good she did while on this planet. God Bless her & her family, in their time of mourning.

    -Malea
    Bremerton,WA

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  139. This is soooooooo sad!! I really want to know WHY do God always take the perfect people first??? WHY!! It kinda makes me angry! Damn!

    I guess the lord sends us those perfect angels, like Molly, but takes them back to Heaven. Angels come along into this world and make this place bright...She changed so many lives in the short years she spent here. RIP dear one we will always remember you.

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  140. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours tonight. I did not know Molly, but stumbled upon her blog over the holidays and was touched by her love of life and her stories of the orphanage.

    Namaste~

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  141. My condolences to the family and friends of Molly. My heart goes out to you.

    I'd like to link to this blog, to inspire some of my young readers. Molly obviously loved her job, and didn't mind living somewhere sunny amidst laughing kids. She followed her heart and did what made her happy. She "did good things", but did them with such zest and joy that you could never say that she wasted her life or missed out!

    There are rude commenters all over the internet, just ignore them. It's okay to delete them too! They don't know any better.

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  142. Molly was not perfect. She was a normal 22 year old girl like me. She loved her family, God, and the children she worked with. She also loved Taco Bell, McDonald's and Peppermint Mocha Frappuccinos. While the work Molly did was amazing and beautiful, let's not forget that she was just like the rest of us. There is nothing holding any of us back from going out into the world and helping people the way that Molly helped them. Be inspired by Molly's story from this moment on. Let her story lead you to live the kind of life that others will look at and just know that you are working for a greater good. Let us all be selfless and gracious, humble and thankful. For all that any of us have is far more than the majority of the world can claim. How can we hate God for taking her when it was Him who created her and let us have her for 22 beautiful years? Molly has become an inspiration in my life, as has the Hightower family. Their strength and love has inspired me more than words can say. God bless the Hightowers. I will miss you Molly...

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  143. She maybe beautiful inside, but she's not beautiful outside. She had baggy eyes, and she could lose a few pounds in her lower body. She's just an average looking girl.

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  144. I am so sorry I only met Molly today. What a blessing she was to this world and I hope your pride in the wonderful person you raised, helps to ease the awful pain you must feel.
    She is still reaching out and touching lives. She touched mine.

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  145. Molly is a finest example of spirituality.

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  146. Molly, I never met you, but you accomplished more good than most ever will inthis lifetime and truly did God's work. Godspeed.

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  147. My prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    2002 UP Grad

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  148. Mike, Mary, Jordan, Zach and Sean,

    Our love and hearts are with you today. We remember all of you as if it were yesterday - all the kids playing in the cul de sac and our fun neighborhood gatherings. Your darling, beautiful Molly, will be in our hearts as we remember her today and always. We are so sorry to hear of Molly's passing, what a beautiful gift of love she was sharing with all of those children. God Bless all of you. All our love, Rob, Michelle, Joe and Carly - from Pacific

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  149. My heart goes out to Molly's family.

    My question is what happened to the children at the orphanage? Did they all die? Was anyone saved?

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  150. I am so sorry for your loss of Molly. x

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  151. God bless your wonderful daughter & may He comfort your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  152. Rest in peace, Molly.

    Hightowers, as the mother of an angel myself (different cause), my heart is with you as your traverse this rocky road into grief.

    I pray for peace for all, one day.

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  153. Molly, I am thinking of you and your family <3 May Love and people's thoughts bring comfort to your family as well as to the people in Haiti.

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  154. My deepest condolences to your family. I never knew Molly personally but my sister was a friend of hers. As a Bellarmine student I felt compelled to go to mass on Friday and show my support for you all. Reading her blog has shown me what Bellarmine wants from me, to really become a person of God. Molly was an amazing woman, I only wish that I could have known her.
    My love and prayers to all of you.

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  155. I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your daughter/sister/friend. She sounds like an extremely amazing person. I saw an article about her at WSU and hoped they would find her alive, but unfortunately what I read today, revealed differently. Prayers and thoughts to you.She's definitely an angel- in all respects. More people need to take her example and help others.So sad. Love, Melissa

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  156. Molly was an angel on earth. There is a special place in heaven for her.
    I am very sorry for your loss. Like others here, her life has touched me. I did not know Molly or encounter her blog before the earthquake. But she is an inspiration to me. I will never forget you Molly.

    Christina
    Richland, Wa

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  157. Molly did more in her short 22 years than many people do in there lifetimes, she was selfless and carring, im sure the children in Haiti will miss her as much as we do. our prayers are with all of her friends and family

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  158. I'm so sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman.

    jan, baltimore

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  159. Rest in peace Molly.
    The world has lost a wonderful, kind soul.
    I didn't know you but I am mourning.

    I heard about this through a WSU Vagina Monologues meeting, about Jordan Hightowers sister being lost in Haiti. I feel connected to Molly in a strange way. Jordan Hightower is a part of the V-Day family, and so am I.

    My heart goes out to your family.

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  160. I am a Bellarmine student and although I never knew Molly personally, I know people whom she touched. It seems to me that she has touched the school as a whole. As Ms. Casey said in her interview, she is the kind of person that Bellarmine wishes to graduate. I have to tell you that through this experience of our community dealing with her death, I have felt closer to God, and to the person I want to become. Molly, you have inspired me. Thank you for that. I am praying constantly for your family.
    Love and peace,
    Isabella (B'11)

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  161. I am very, very sorry for your loss. I send strength and admiration to your family.

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  162. I am so sorry to hear about this. Rest in peace, Molly.

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  163. So sorry for the loss of someone who was a wonderful, beautiful person.

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  164. I have previously read some things Molly had written and was amazed at what a compassionate child someone raised. My heart is heavy for your loss and she will live on through her parents and siblings and the children in Haiti she loved so much. What she gave these children will be with them throughout their lives creating a ripple.

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  165. What a beautiful young woman.

    Rest In Peace Molly

    Kyle

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  166. My prays are with you.
    God Bless.

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  167. God bless you, Molly and your family and friends. Thank you for your example. Mr. and Mrs. Hightower, we are praying for you and will offer a Mass for Molly.

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  168. I am so sorry. I don't have any other words. Praying for any measure of comfort.

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  169. Molly really appeared to be a saintly person and i am sure that god has a special reward for her . Her parents should feel tremendous pride for raising such a special peson

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  170. I have sent a link to Molly's blog for everyone I know to read, what a loving and caring person she grew up to be. As a father of 2 grown children, I know just how very proud you are of your daughter and she will live on in all the hearts she touched. What an amazing family you must be to have given the world such a beautiful person that made a huge difference to people so much less fortunate. God bless all of you and especially Molly.

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  171. Condolances to Molly's family and friends. What a shining example to the world.

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  172. I am a stranger who is heartbroken to hear of this loss. Most people don't have such experiences in a lifetime as is seems Molly had in 22 short years. It seems she blessed so many! Remembering family and friends of Molly in prayer, as well as all others in Haiti affected by this horrific tragedy.

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  173. God Bless Molly's soul....I just read an article about her and had do to my research on her and my god her parents made a truly beautiful person inside-out.I am also a stranger heartbroken by this tragic story.I am deeply saddened that she past away and as a haitian america i am honored that she volunteered her time to help the children of haiti long before a earthquake ever came to mind

    This really can't be life.She is an innoccent 22 year old who didn't deserve to die in such a tragic fashion.She was in Haiti long before the CNN cameras were rolling,Long before the entire world cared and yet she won't get to see the orphans she helped raised prosper.


    Again to the entire Hightower family thank you for raising an american angel thank you for instilling values in Molly that helped her make a positive impact on the haitian children at the orphange.

    God bless you Molly Hightower

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  174. Moved to tears. What a courageous and soulful young woman. I will do my best to take up the baton: to teach my children to never give up hope, to strive to create change, to follow their hearts...and love love love
    Peace,
    Zoe Edelen Hare

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  175. I never had the chance to meet Molly, but I heard her story on CNBC tonight and had to find her blog.
    It tells the tales of a young woman taken too early, but who lived a life giving to those who had already seen so much in their young lives.
    God bless all of Molly's family and friends.

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  176. A terrible loss.
    My condolences to the family and friends in the US and Haiti.

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  177. My deepest condolances to Mollys family and friends. May she rest in peace.

    - regardes from Iceland, Asta

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  178. Congratulations to the parents for raising such a child.

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  179. Monday's Chicago Daily Herald:
    WHY HAITI MATTERS FOUND IN THE STORY OF MOLLY
    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=351631

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  180. To Molly's Family & Friends:
    I never knew her, but was absolutely inspired by her blog. She was and is still amazing.

    She left a great mark on the world during her stay here and has surely made God proud. Something many (myself included) aspire to.

    May God bless you and grant you peace as you mourn her loss.

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  181. An angel of light in a broken world. Her story will continue to inspire
    many strangers, like myself.
    JTH

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  182. What a truly beautiful spirit of light and love that continues to shine upon us all - the world is a better place for her having been a part of it and we are thankful for her presence among us! peace and love -

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  183. I am so very sorry. Molly was an angel

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  184. What an amazing angel Molly is. In death, and in life. She so generously gave of herself in life, caring for others ... and in death is inspiring "us" to look at her life and appreciate her spirit, and the causes which she obviously felt so strongly. Not one of us can say we come close to her blind kindness and selfless attitutude toward life. God Bless you Molly, and those in your family of friends, young and old. It is apparently obvious that you will be missed by people you may have never even touched with your gentle hands. I am certain you have the wings of an angel.

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  185. The most important thing is that we focus on her instead of everyone else who died.

    Really now. Surely she did great work but there is a strange value placed on her life (as a Christian American, no doubt) that we simply negate when it comes to the masses who died in Haiti (and across the globe every day).

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  186. Bless you and your lovely daughter. I cannot fathom the pain, particularly when I look at my own daughter. I enjoyed the blog and hope you can find some comfort in all the lives she touched. But we all hurt for you and mourn the loss of such a bright light.

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  187. You never know what your child is going to do with her or his life when you let them go off on their own. You just hope you've done enough to give them the tools to do what they want to do. It sounds like the Hightower family did all of that for Molly. Good for you. And good for her. We're both sorry for your loss of such a good young woman.
    Hollis and Dee
    Cape Cod, Mass.

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  188. Our thoughts and prayers are with Molly and the entire Hightower family. Molly died doing the Lord's work helping those desperately in need.

    God Bless her and her family and friends.

    Don and Jeri Brunell
    Olympia (UP Parents of 4)

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  189. I can't fathom the depth of the loss nor the amount of pride you have for your daughter's selflessness. My prayers are with you tonight.

    Side note - ironically, when I went to post this -the "code word" that you have to enter was SingShe.

    I imagine she IS in fact singing this very moment.

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  190. I am so inspired hearing about Molly. She lived doing what she loved. It is so unfair when someone so giving and caring is taken from us so very young. My deepest sympathy to all of you, her family. Your only peace is that she died doing what she loved to do. Thank you for raising a wonderful human being that gave of her self. You should be very proud. My prayers will be with all of you as you suffer through this horrible loss.

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  191. I heard about Molly and her amazing heart in church this weekend at St. Paul in Eugene. We are praying for the Hightower Family, and thank God for the example and light that Molly was to those who were hopeless! I admire her selflessness and willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to move in her! May Molly rest in peace...

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  192. To Anonymous (Jan. 18, 6:50 p.m.):

    You are wrong. We do care about the others who died. Each time I read or hear of a death, I say a silent prayer that the person will be in Heaven that day. I have said many prayers for the people of Haiti, as well.

    Molly's story is unusually poignant, because she chose to leave a life of relative comfort in order to make a difference in the lives of others who were much less fortunate than she, in a place that was far less comfortable. In doing so, she lost her own life. In honoring her, however, we are not saying that others should not be honored or valued.

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  193. What an incredible young woman. She has done great things for this planet, even if she wasn't aware of them while she was alive. May she rest in peace, and may her story inspire others to do good.

    Nadia from Salalah - Sultanate of Oman

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  194. The outpouring of love and support is a testament to your work. God bless you and your family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  195. Molly's love and the beauty of her blog and pictures will continue to touch lives around the globe for a long time.

    My deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Celebrate, when you can, the beauty of love Molly lived. Few will make the effort - but now many will consider doing so - because Molly did.

    Be at peace.

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  196. Dear Molly ,

    You are the most beautiful person..both inside and outside.

    Inspired and touched
    A of Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of India

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  197. I am so sorry to read this story, at the same time the world can be proud of Molly and all the other Mollies that sacrifice their young lives to a good cause. Rest in peace, Molly!

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  198. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  199. The following is a statement made to the news media by Rachel Prusynski, Molly's friend who was visiting her at the time of the disaster (see Dec. 30 blog entry). Rachel survived the earthquake and is recovering, but her injuries prevented her from attending a memorial service for Molly.

    (source: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=351631)

    "I wish so much that I could be with the UP community today to celebrate and remember Molly, not only because the UP family has the potential to be so comforting, but also because so much of my friendship with Molly took place on the Bluff.

    However, I was blessed enough to be able to extend our friendship to Haiti during Molly's last few weeks. Living and serving with Molly allowed me to witness pieces of her that would never have been evident in a college environment.

    In Haiti, I was continuously astounded by her joy, compassion, and love for the children with special needs with whom she lived and worked. She knew every child by name and learned the Creole words necessary to play, comfort and love those kids before she learned the words for anything else

    As the last person to laugh with her about everything from being a conspicuous white girl in Haiti to how delicious a Coca Cola can be after a hot day of riding horses with kids with Down's Syndrome, I feel incredibly blessed to have experienced these wonderful memories.

    Some may pity me for my experience in all of this, but it is you that I feel sorry for because you weren't given the chance to see a child's eyes light up from being tickled and cuddled by Molly.

    There are images from the tragedy that I will never forget, but they will be forever trumped by the joyous memories of our time together in Haiti.

    I will never understand why I was the one who made it out, but the news of Molly's death was met with a resolve to never forget. I'll spend the rest of my life fighting to deserve to be the one whose family does not despair today. If I can offer anything to Molly's family, it is that I will carry her with me always."

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