This week's New Yorker is crafting her own jewelry to help find a cure for a disease that affects some 500,000 Americans, including her. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report.
Fifteen-year-old Molly Roberts learned to make jewelry at summer camp at the age of eight. Little did she know, she'd be using her new-found hobby to help find a cure.
"It's a good distraction, but it's also just something fun to do, and it's just, it's really great when you can give back," she says. "I've always loved to make jewelry, but I wanted to donate to a cause that meant a lot to me."
That something is Crohn's Disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Molly was diagnosed with it when she was 11 years old. Instead of letting it get her down, it inspired her.
"I wanted to donate it to a cause that meant a lot to me, so I decided to donate it to research for Crohn's disease," she says. "It makes me feel really happy that they've come such a long way with this research. They were really on their way to find a cure."
Molly has since formed "Molly's Research Fund" at Mt. Sinai Hospital Research Center and joined forces with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. So far, she's raised and donated $25,000.
"It takes an amazing person to instead of feeling bad about it, wanting to actually be proactive and do something to make a difference and invest money, basically money that she's working to earn towards somebody working for treatments and working towards a cure," says Dr. David Dunkin of Mt. Sinai Hospital.
While it hasn't always been easy, Molly's family says she's learned how to live with the disease while learning some life lessons along the way.
"Molly is the most positive person I know," says Lauren Roberts, Molly's mother. "I'm very, very proud of her. She has definitely taken the lemons and made lemonade."
"What she did was, she took her disease that was a negative and turned it something that will help other people," says Jackson Roberts, Molly's brother.
"I think the more I work at making this jewelry, I think I can really raise a lot more money and make a difference," Molly Roberts says.
So, for stringing together funding to help cure Crohn's disease, Molly Roberts is NY1's New Yorker of the Week.
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