Ray Mohler was chosen as 1 of 10 National Honorees for this years Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. You may see him on a poster that is being hung in schools around the country promoting the Awards. Here’s an edited video of Ray Receiving the Award.
Raymond, an eighth-grader at Lynbrook South Middle School, created a foundation to help alleviate the pain, fear and anxiety felt by young hospital patients by providing toys and other gifts, arranging celebrity visits and assembling mobile entertainment centers. When Raymond was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare hip diesease that left him in a double leg brace for two years. During his stay he said he felt “tremendous fear and anxiety” because of the place he was confined to, but also he felt forutnate that he did not have a life-threatening illness like other young patients he met. “I felt bad for the children I left behind who were not coming home for the holidays,” he said. “I felt I had to do something to take their minds off the pain that they were in.”
He donated his Christmas toys to the kids in the hospital, and then asked neighbors, friends and relatives for donations so that he could deliver more to pediatric wards. Soon after, Raymond, who was born on Christmas Eve, formed the Little St. Nick Foundation, and with help from his parents and volunteers, organizes a variety of other activities to brighten the days of hospitalized children from New York to Finland. He recruits sports stars to sign autographs and take pictures with the kids, packs gift bags for children who go through emergency rooms, and builds mobile entertainment centers that can be wheeled up to a child’s bed. Raymond’s foundation also grants wishes, one of which was an $80,000 home extension for a severely handicapped child.