The Foundation for a Meaningful Life Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Meg Fearey ’14: Making an Impact On and Off the Field
by Jeremy Navarro
For much of the 2010s, Fay’s powerhouse field hockey team could look to Meg Fearey as one of its “go-to” players. After captaining Fay’s varsity team, Meg cap- tained the varsity team at St. Paul’s School and, in her senior year, led her squad to an impressive 13-3 final record. And for the past two years, as a member of the Middlebury Panthers, she has contributed to the team’s back-to-back Division III National Championship victories in 2017 and 2018.
But life has been about much more than field hockey for Meg, and over the years she has devoted herself to an extremely important cause off the field, as well. “In my junior year of high school,” she says, “I learned that my Aunt Emily had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and my cousin’s wife, Frederique, had brain cancer. These diagnoses terrified me, and I dedicated myself to supporting the fight against cancer.”
Meg has volunteered with a number of groups, but she has devoted the majority of her time to two projects. She has been actively involved with Relay for Life, a community fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, and when she organized St. Paul’s second-ever Relay for Life event, the project raised a stunning $51,000, nearly $40,000 over the initial goal. Meg has also dedicated significant time to Ronald McDonald House Charities, a global charity that provides financial assistance to families with medical needs. As an intern with the organization’s Boston branch this past summer, her projects included fundraising, setting up new apartments for families in need, and coordinating children’s events.
Armed with valuable entrepreneurial and business skills from her years as a volunteer, Meg recently founded Impact New England, a Middlebury-based organization that matches students with volunteer opportunities in the fight against pediatric cancer. “My vision is to help students make a difference for kids affected by cancer through fundraising, volunteering, and learning,” she says, “and I also want to empower Middlebury students to effect positive change.”