Molly Hightower, Ryan Kloos … RIP

I was so saddened to read, last night, that Molly Hightower was killed in the Haitian earthquake, along with Ryan Kloos, the brother of Erin Kloos, another volunteer with Friends of the Orphans in Haiti.

I can only imagine what it took for her family to put up yesterday’s post on Molly’s blog … for both families to breathe and put one foot in front of the other … for all the hundreds and thousands of families touched by this tragedy to go on and do what each day requires in their wrenched and wrenching worlds.

Molly Hightower’s family wrote:

Molly is no longer able to add to her blog, her body was recovered from the wreckage of the Fr. Wasson Center in Petion-Ville, Haiti following the January 12th earthquake.

Molly’s family is very proud of what she has done in her 22 years on this earth and hope that you will learn from Molly’s writings what drove her to leave a life full of family, friends, hot water, clean water, plentiful food and peppermint frappuccinos, to a life of cold showers, bug bites, rice and beans everyday, and hot muggy days. Its very simple, THE CHILDREN. In Haiti she found unconditional love, simple pleasures, smiles all day and a second family. And it made her smile.

If you would like to help continue Molly’s dream and journey, please follow the listed link to the Friends of the Orphans web site set up in Molly’s name.

Posted by her loving and extremely sad family, both of them.

Here is information about the organization (Friends of the Orphans) that she and Erin Kloos worked for … along with updates on other American volunteers there.

It is with deep anguish that Friends of the Orphans is confirming the deaths in Haiti of international volunteer Molly Hightower, 22, of Port Orchard, WA, and Ryan Kloos, 24, of Phoenix, AZ, who is the brother of Friends of the Orphans international volunteer Erin Kloos, 26, also of Phoenix. Ryan Kloos, a 2008 graduate of the University of California-San Diego, was recovered from the Fr. Wasson Center in Petionville on the afternoon of January 13. Erin Kloos was rescued from the Fr. Wasson Center on January 13 and is currently in stable condition in a south Florida hospital’s intensive care unit. Her prognosis is good. After an extensive search, Molly’s body was recovered from the same location at approximately 4:30 a.m. (EST) Friday, January 15.

As the Haitian tragedy unfolds, many relief agencies are asking for help in getting aid to the desperate populace there.

Doctors Without Borders is where I put my money … for now.

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