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Katie Smith - Artist, The Malmstrom Family - Everyday Star (A-11)




Katie Smith
Student Artist
Bishop Dwenger High School

The Malmstrom Family
Everyday Stars

Generosity has been defined in many ways by many people. But words cannot offer the best definition; only actions are able to fully capture the essence of its meaning, and actions speak louder than words!  The Malmstrom Family’s actions scream generosity.   A typical Midwestern family with a nice house and two sons, Liz and Rick Malmstrom visited Haiti after the devastation of the earthquake.  They were stunned by what they saw and knew they had to do something.  They decided to leave their average lives behind, and, along with their two school-age sons, Jake and Zack, move to Haiti.  Liz (a registered nurse) and Rick (a paramedic) are assisting in medical care, and they are all helping rebuild communities.  Their mission is to have enough programs in place and running in a year so the Haitians are able to take over and stand on their own two feet.  Jake and Zach have willingly given up their social lives and traditional schooling in order to move with their parents.

My definition of generosity?  The Malmstrom Family…helping the Haitian people when they need it most.