Faith Murray, a 14 year old from Lynnwood Washington, lives her life to help and serve others.
At 4, this apparently healthy girl, woke up one morning with two fully collapsed vertebra and then spent the next 3 years fighting to know why her bones were swelling and being destroyed. The diagnosis of Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO) came when she was 7. This extremely rare auto inflammatory disease has no cure and no approved treatment, so patients often suffer while searching for anything that will help. For Faith, the last 10 years has been filled with pain and challenges. But that hasn’t stopped this little wonder. After a particularly difficult medication reaction last year, Faith decided that if she couldn’t help herself, she wanted to help others in meaningful ways. She founded a service and education group for teens that meets monthly to choose and donate to a local or international cause they feel passionate about. To date this small group has helped build homes in Honduras, saved animals through a no kill shelter in Utah, helped eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), send books to African school children and provided clean water and sanitation for others. This group also volunteers their time in their community by visiting memory care facilities, making blankets for the elderly and baking cookies for firefighters and lifeguards. Their next focus is to work at the local food bank and help teachers recycle used supplies at the end of the school year.
Faith didn’t stop there, if she sees a need, she tries her best to meet those needs. Supporting CRMO families by planning local Seattle family gathering events or by creating a FB live for children with this disease around the world. She volunteers for the Melodic Caring Project, an organization near to her heart, that streams live concerts from great musical artists to children in hospitals.
Faith commits time with the YWCA Pathways program to support families needs in transitional housing for women and children in need. She volunteers daily for teachers during her lunch break, helping them organize supplies and making birthday cards for the staff. Faith is just getting started and looks for new ways to serve her community every day.
“If I can’t help myself, I’ve learned that I can turn and help others. I want to make the world a better place, and serving and loving people in need is the only way to accomplish that.” - Faith Murray