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Imagine being unable to walk up or down a flight of stairs, or lacking an appetite to eat any food. Imagine feeling this way as a young child. This was reality for Mabel Sicley-Kubis – a 7-year-old student at Mannsville Manor Elementary School. After many tumultuous months of doctor’s visits and uncertainty, Mabel was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Staring into a scary future, Mabel’s older siblings and a community jumped to action. In this conversation, we present a great example of community philanthropy – how it helped Mabel, educated a community, and inspired others to give.

Rebecca Sicley
John Kubis
Mabel Sicley-Kubis
Joshua Sicley
Cora Sicley

“We live here, and we should make (it) the best possible place to live for us and everyone else.”
– Cora Sicley

  • 4:35

    Learning to give at a young age

  • 9:55

    Mabel’s battle with juvenile arthritis

  • 16:25

    Stepping up to help Mabel and raise awareness

  • 21:50

    The future of Mabel’s Mission



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Mabel (far left) is dancing to the music at a 2017 fundraiser for juvenile idiopathic arthritis in Adams. Cora Sicley learned to crochet from her grandmother, Linda Sicley. She’s used those talents to raise funds for other passion projects. Mabel being interview by a local news station at her 2017 fundraiser. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis can attack many parts of the human body. A major portion of Mabel’s pain came from swelling in her joints, which is shown here in her hands.
Mabel celebrates another successful visit to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. Mabel endured several trips to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to help treat the pain from juvenile arthritis. Cora crochets here to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Mabel Sicley-Kubis (front) flexes in front of her siblings, Cora Sicley and Joshua Sicley.

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