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Feb

Girl With Chronic Pain Putting Local Homeless First

Molly Grimsby

A 10-year-old girl with chronic pain has bravely put her condition aside to cook meals for dozens of homeless people.

Molly Donnelly, who lives in the U.K. in the town of Grimsby, put on her apron and cooked food with her family to feed needy people at St. Andrew’s Church. She’s been doing this each week for about a year despite being born with Elhers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that often results in excruciating pain and can make her prone to dislocations.

Molly told the Grimsby Telegraph that “the cooking has been really fun. It made me feel really sad when I saw the man in Cleethorpes. He has no food at all.”

Her efforts are helping the work of a local organization called the We Are One Foundation. Dave, one of the co-founders, was full of praise for Molly and said her story was inspirational.

“It has taken my breath away. What we do brings us to tears anyway but this really is heart-wrenching. She has gone through so much already and we are humbled by her kindness and generosity,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed by her dedication to want to do this. It’s mind-blowing given the condition she is in. She is a very courageous and lovely girl.”

However, there could be hope for Molly’s symptoms being reduced so her quality of life can improve. After doctors at Grimsby Hospital decided they have done all they can for her, she has been referred to a specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

“She copes, gets very upset and does struggle. She misses out on so much that children her age should be doing. I am immensely proud of what Molly is doing now,” said her mother, Carrie. “She is really focused and just wants to feed the homeless. You don’t see many 10 year olds doing things like this.”