Molly Sharkey was twelve years old when she was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia. She and her family traveled the country to find treatments. In some places they were lucky to find a Ronald McDonald House, and in others there was nowhere convenient for the family to stay.
This experience prompted Molly’s dream of building a house in her hometown that would be available to any family who had a loved one being treated for critical care at area hospitals. Molly passed away in May of 1992 at the age of 18 and left behind her journal filled with detailed ideas for Molly's House – down to the window seat in the library.
After her death, family and friends raised the funds to build Molly’s House, and many businesses donated time and materials. Molly’s House was truly a community-built project. The grand opening was held on September 21, 1996, to celebrate what would have been Molly’s 23rd Birthday.
Below is a link to original video footage capturing Molly's journey.