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