COVINGTON — What was a family’s loss inspired change to create a gain for other families who have lost, too.
After the drowning incident at the end of May in Covington of three-year-old Molly Murphy, her parents, Kerry and Sarah Murphy, created the Molly Murphy Unicorn Foundation with The Troy Foundation to help ease the burden of families who have lost a child but lack the financial resources to fund a burial and funeral expenses.
The family personally did not have any financial struggles in covering funeral costs, but realized other families did. In lieu of flowers during Molly’s funeral, the Murphys wanted them to be sent to an organization that helps families in need of funding – but none existed.
“The funeral director did not find a foundation like that,” said Kelly Murphy, Molly’s aunt. “(The Murphys) created their own.”
The foundation is having its first-ever fundraiser, calling it the Molly Mile Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast. The run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, with a pancake and sausage breakfast to follow from 9-11 a.m.
There are already over 300 people registered for the event.
Because Molly enjoyed playing dress-up, the family asks everyone participating to dress as their favorite character, or wear that pirate costume you wear only once a year.
“Molly loved playing dress-up … she had a huge imagination,” Murphy said. Molly owned an estimated 40 costumes, with Minnie Mouse as her favorite, Murphy said.
What makes “unicorn” special in the foundation name?
“Molly loved unicorns,” Murphy said. “Every time she would visit a fair or farm, she would say, ‘I didn’t see a unicorn, but I saw a horse,’ and would hope she would find a unicorn.”
Molly’s older sisters, Marissa, 18, and Delaney, 9, are helping their parents with the foundation in Molly’s honor as well.
Kelly Murphy gave insight on how the family is coping.
“It’s been very hard on them,” she said with emotion. “Just knowing that they could start (the foundation) for a purpose for her three years of life … it gives purpose to her life.”
The run is located at the End Zone Sports Lounge at 601 E. Broadway in Covington. For those who cannot attend but would like to donate, donations can be made online at www.TheTroyFoundation.org, or by mail at The Troy Foundation, 216 W. Franklin St., Troy, OH 45373. Donations are tax-deductible.
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