World Pediatric Project Funds Life-Saving Surgery for St. Lucia Boy

St. Mary’s parishioners have raised over $5,000 for World Pediatric Project to bring Merlik Cobbe to Richmond for life-saving heart surgery and an eye procedure at the Medical College of Virginia.  An adorable 8 year-old boy from St. Lucia, Merlik will be traveling to Richmond in March with his mother, Rosemary.  They arrive late on March 13th and will be staying at the Hospital Hospitality House near VCU while they are here.  We are still looking for contributions of jigsaw puzzles, books, information about Richmond, t-shirts or sweatshirts from U of R or VCU, magazines for Rosemary, coffee cake, baked treats and other items to make their stay as happy as possible.  Please contact Molly Snow if you are interested in contributing to the welcome basket! (

Merlik and his mother will join us for the 11am service on March 18th with coffee and treats afterwards!  One of the treats will be an extended coffee hour during which the children will sing for our guests.  Merlik’s first procedure will be the next week, and he will need to stay in the hospital for about one week after his surgery. While he is in the hospital, we will provide updates about his progress, and hope that you will visit with him and bring him good cheer!