I meant to post this a while ago, but haven't had time to sit here and write about everything that has gone on. So here goes!
On February 13, 2007, I was asked to go to my high school with my mom and sister to meet with our Principal. She handed me an envelope addressed to me. I opened it, started to read the letter. It said I was named Nevada’s Top High School Volunteer for the 2007 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. I will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, DC for the National recognition events in the beginning of May!! I am soooooo excited, and honored!
I was also fortunate enough to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award, with a certiificate and letter from President Bush. The Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
The following is a copy of the Press Information released by Prudential and NASSP.
Mollie Singer, 18, of Las Vegas, Nev., a senior at Nevada State High School in Henderson, has been vigorously raising money and awareness in the fight against diabetes since she was diagnosed with the disease at age 4. “I was motivated to help others due to the goodness and compassion given me by my twin sister, Jackie,” she said. “She taught me to give of myself, and helped me realize that no matter how challenging my life is, I am blessed, for there are others who face even greater difficulties.”
Mollie’s fund-raising activities have helped produce more than $100,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She puts together a team in her area each year for the foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, recruiting and training participants, selecting a theme and logo, and sending out hundreds of letters seeking support. During the rest of the year, she helps organize luncheons, picnics, and other special events to collect funds for medical research. She also has lobbied government officials for increased diabetes funding, including testifying before Congress. To promote greater public understanding of her disease, Mollie co-authored a booklet entitled “The Road to a Cure,” produced a video diary, appeared in a Video Diary that was produced by ABC Television and Goodmorning America, appeared in public service announcements for national television audiences, and created a blog on the Internet. She also formed a support group for young diabetics, and personally mentors newly diagnosed children. She also formed the first “Diabetic Angels,” an awareness and advocacy group, for young diabetics to enlighten their family, friends, and peers, and personally mentors newly diagnosed diabetics, as a Cyber Volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “Volunteering is a gift you give yourself as well as others,” said Mollie, “for when you give, you receive ten-fold.”