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The Melissa Carroll Legacy Fund

On the night of March 31, 2014, the world became a darker place when New York artist and A Fresh Chapter alumni, Melissa Carroll, passed away. Selected to participate in A Fresh Chapter’s pilot program to India in February 2013, Melissa had a recurrence of her cancer six weeks before our departure. Even with this devastating news, she was determined to make her dream of India come true. Three weeks after resuming chemotherapy, Melissa boarded a flight from New York to New Delhi.

While in India, she wasn’t Melissa the cancer patient. She was Melissa the artist, the lover of puppets, the girl with an easy laugh, the teacher of art, and the student of India. She loved India and India loved her. Strangers asked to get their photos taken with her when we went sightseeing. Kids in the slums crowded around her feet asking her to draw their pictures when she volunteered. For those two weeks, cancer wasn’t her story, life was.

Legacy of Hope and Healing

The morning after Melissa left this world, we heard from her family telling us they wanted all donations in Melissa’s memory to come to A Fresh Chapter. Inspired and honoured, we created the Melissa Carroll Legacy Fund (MCLF) to help other people impacted by cancer heal the emotional scars of the disease through volunteering, meaningful travel, and activities designed to reframe adversity and redefine what is possible.

Read Terri Wingham’s tribute to Melissa on the A Fresh Chapter blog: Melissa Carroll: A Tribute To Her Final Chapter. Or, read these wonderfully written pieces about Melissa’s life and work – Melissa Carroll’s Technicolor Dream and As Light Is Said to Do. Or, read first person accounts from past recipients of The Melissa Carroll Legacy Fund here.

Scholarships from The Melissa Carroll Legacy Fund are for individuals who demonstrate financial need, who are not able to fundraise the full program fee, and who have created a well-defined Ripple Impact Action Plan. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship from The Melissa Carroll Legacy Fund, please apply to the program of your choice. Additional information and scholarship criteria will be shared with individuals as part of the Odyssey program application process.

Before India I could barely get out of bed I was so depressed. Going to India, volunteering in the slums, seeing the Taj, Temples, people and the colors, but most importantly meeting the most wonderful and supportive people, I came back ready to keep on with this war against my body. This was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. — Melissa, 2013 India Odyssey Tribe
Donate to The Melissa Carroll Legacy Fund

Whether Melissa’s story has touched you personally or you want to donate in honor of someone in your life, please support A Fresh Chapter in helping other people impacted by cancer heal the emotional scars of the disease and redefine what is possible in their lives.

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