Concert to honor David Molak on his 17th Birthday
SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio teenager is organizing a concert in honor of a local student who was cyberbullied.
18-year-old Abigail Dickson felt inspired to do something to help the family of David Molak, after hearing about his suicide in January.
She didn’t know David, but like many others, she connected with his story.
“I have experienced bullying,” she said. “I think everyone has.”
On January 4, David took his own life after his family said he had been cyberbullied.
The relentless attacks made him feel hopeless and pushed him over the edge.
David would have been 17 on October 10.
The concert will be on his birthday and will feature musicians from the San Antonio symphony at Christ Episcopal Church.
“Music has such a healing quality... It expresses that which cannot be put into words,” said Abigail.
The church has special meaning for the Molaks. They are members of the church, and it’s where David’s funeral was held 9 months ago.
“It's definitely going to be difficult,” said David’s mom, Maurine Molak. “But to know that so many people will be here celebrating his life, his birthday, and having cake for him is going to help us get through the day.”
Those involved in the concert also hope it opens up conversations about bullying and reminds people to be kind.
“To bring something good into this horrible situation,” said San Antonio Symphony musician Ryan Murphy.
David’s Birthday Concert will start at 6pm on October 10.
There will be a free performance by musicians of the San Antonio Symphony at 7pm.
However, attendees are asked to donate $17 to David's Legacy Foundation, which aims to bring awareness about bullying, help victims and their families, and also to make the public and lawmakers aware of David’s Law. The anti-cyberbullying bill will be proposed by Texas State Senator Jose Menendez and Texas Rep. Ina Minjarez in January and is named in honor of David.