A 9/11 Legacy

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Maria Rose Abad (Image via Today.com)

Twelve years after she died in the World Trade Center, Maria Rose Abad’s obituary Guest Book has been flooded today with messages from children thanking her and her husband for their kindness and generosity. Intrigued, we looked into their story, and what we found touched our hearts.

During a 1989 visit to husband Rudy’s former home in the Philippines, the couple was shocked to find poverty they had never dreamed of. In small ways during that visit, Maria helped – buying lottery tickets from local children – but she dreamed of doing more one day.

“One day” was cut short on 9/11/2001, and Maria never had her chance to make a bigger difference in the Philippines during her life. But after her death, Rudy was inspired to honor her by transforming a neighborhood.  His donations and hard work have created an oasis in an impoverished area, and he continues to work with other area philanthropists to encourage them to undertake similar projects in the poorest areas of the Philippines.

Read more about Rudy’s quest to remember his wife: ‘Dreaded area’ transformed in 9/11 victim’s memory

About Linnea

I joined Legacy.com in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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