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Mother's illness motivates student to raise funds
by L.A. Story
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Jerry Lambert and her daughter, Molly Lambert, have weathered many storms together. The latest was Jerry Lambert’s cancer diagnosis, which prompted Molly to become a top fundraiser for a cause. / Staff photo by L.A. Story
Jerry Lambert and her daughter, Molly Lambert, have weathered many storms together. The latest was Jerry Lambert’s cancer diagnosis, which prompted Molly to become a top fundraiser for a cause. / Staff photo by L.A. Story
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Corinth High School freshman Molly Lambert was the top fundraiser for her class.

She raised $2,600 like a girl on a mission. Like it was personal. Like someone’s life would be affected.

She did it because it was personal and someone’s life was affected.

Her mother’s.

Molly, daughter of Jerry Lambert and the late Don Lambert, was given a project as part of Corinth High School teacher Megan Anderson’s Excellence for All class to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the Pennies for Patients Campaign.

From the moment she found out about the project, she knew she wanted to get as much money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as she could manage.

“We got our envelopes for cash or checks and a box for any change that was donated. I came home and we made a list. Then, we started making calls,” said Molly.

Molly’s work was a labor of love. Her mother, Jerry Lambert, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February, 2015.

“It’s more than just the money to her. She lost her Daddy at eight years old and I am all she’s got. This hit close to home to her, and without a shadow of a doubt is a huge love offering for me,” said Lambert, regarding her daughter’s top-fundraiser status. “Cancer is scary and she’s lived through it with me, and been my biggest supporter.”

Lambert is now in remission, but still has treatments related to the cancer. She learned about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the course of her chemotherapy and the organization helped with sorely needed funds to help with payment toward her treatments.

Molly said she asked for donations of all kinds. She asked people to just donate whatever they could. She said some people donated far more generously than she would have expected.

“I thought — ‘Wow!’ People really do care about the society even if they were not aware of what it had done for my mom,” said Molly.

Molly said her teacher faithfully promoted the campaign every day for four or five weeks. She raised funds from the first day up to the very last day they had to turn in the money donated.

Lambert said Anderson even allowed her to come and speak directly to the class and share her story. Molly said she hoped her mother’s story would put a face to the cause.

“I wanted the other kids to know these are real people’s lives you’re helping,” said Molly.

Last year, the entire school for grade 9-12, raised $700 for the campaign. This year Molly as the top fundraiser raised $2,600, for a class total of $2,683, which earned her class a pizza party. The total for the whole school grades 9-12 was $3,371.

“Molly kept her achievement a secret from the rest of the class until the last day and was so humble — not wanting any of the attention,” said Anderson, regarding Molly’s achievement. “Molly is one of my best and brightest students. She is incredibly hardworking and so kind, caring and sweet. She will achieve great things with her caring heart and strong academic ability. I could not say enough good things about her.”

Molly had been a cheerleader for her mother from the beginning. One can watch their interaction and see the mother-daughter duo are close. Together, they had already weathered the sudden death of Molly’s father seven years ago.

The mother teared up as she related one of the lowest points of her cancer treatment. She said she and Molly had gone to the grocery store. When they arrived, Lambert was too sick to go in. Molly was 13 years old at the time and her mother said she gave the young girl the list and her debit card. Molly went inside, selected and purchased the groceries and made sure they were all loaded up in the car.

“I slept in the car while she did the shopping. I was too sick to go in. She was the best nurse I had,” said Lambert.

With the stress of the illness, the two were relieved to have the assistance provided by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Ever conscious of what the organization had done for her mother, Molly made it her mission to give back.

(For more information regarding the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or to donate, you can visit the organization’s website at: http://www.lls.org.)
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