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 (Alliance Foundation) alumni, Melissa Carroll, passed away.
Selected to participate in our pilot program in 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 there, 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.
The morning after Melissa left this world, we heard from Melissa’s 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. To learn more about A Fresh Chapter, click here. To read Melissa’s A Fresh Chapter story: 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. You will finish them inspired to think about what’s possible in your life.
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