Molly Elizabeth Wadden (2010-2022)
A Legacy of Hope, a Mission to Change Lives
Molly Wadden was just nine years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Over the next few years, the ‘larger-than-life’ pre-teen underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and multiple surgeries to fight the terrible disease.
After almost two years of having great test results and feeling physically strong, Molly and her family were notified the cancer had returned, and that treatments were no longer working.
Molly chose to push through her pain and spend her remaining time doing the things she loved – being with friends and family, playing volleyball, singing, and paying forward all the good things she had in her life. With her time growing short, Molly was overcome with the need to make a positive difference in the world, especially for children, like her, battling critical illness. This is how ‘Molly’s Mission’ was born.
During Molly’s battle, she and her family received financial support from the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation to help with travel, accommodations, and meals for each trip made to Halifax for treatments and tests. She was also the first to receive a gift of ‘comfort’ (seen on page 6), where she was gifted a hand-made superhero quilt, along with many other treats and games.
With gratitude for the donors and causes that supported Molly through her struggles, and a longing to provide hope to others in similar situations, Molly created ‘Molly’s Mission’ to give back. And give back she did! In her last months, Molly raised more than $35,000 for causes near-and-dear to her heart, including the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation and Caleb’s Courage.
It is with saddened hearts we share that Molly passed away on July 7, 2022. Molly leaves behind an incredible legacy. One that teaches us to be kind and considerate, to love, laugh, and live to the best of your ability, and to share what good fortune and talents you have with your community.
It is our honour to dedicate the 2022-2023 Because You Care Gift Catalogue in Molly’s memory.
“What an incredible way to support Molly’s legacy, which is to make a difference,” say Molly’s parents, Nadine and Jeff Wadden. “Imagine how many smiles that one gift can prompt – the thoughtful gift giver, the appreciative gift receiver, and all the patients and families the CBRH Foundation supports. It’s just incredible!”