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.