My beautiful niece Gracie was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma (cancer). It is still early in the diagnosis and we are awaiting results to know more about the fight that Gracie will face. I've created this blog as an outlet for friends and family to stay informed about her journey and a way for friends and family to make anonymous contributions towards her care and the mounting expenses her family will face. Gracie is a fighter and the bravest 3 year old I know. Hundreds of people love you Gracie and are praying for you. "Be strong and of good courage for the Lord thy God is with thee" Joshua 1:9

Friday, August 26, 2011


I met with the principal last week to discuss Gracie and her needs and she was super nice and said they will help in any way she needs. I have a letter from Dr Granger stating her condition and her diabetes insipidus. So it basically just says that Gracie needs to be able to get a drink, use the bathroom, get pain medicine, and take a rest at any time she needs. The principal gave the letter to all the teachers Gracie has with home room, art, PE, and music, so they are all aware and informed. Gracie brought a blanket and pillow to leave at school in the nurses office if she needs a rest. Yesterday was Gracie's first day of Kindergarten! She was excited to go and she packed her lunch and went to wait for the bus with Chloe. Im glad they are at the same school.

Getting on the bus!! :) We are blessed to have the bus-stop be our house! Gracie had a pretty good first day. She told me she cried 2 times, once when her pants were too tight and the nurse came and put some ointment on her hip, then she cried at recess when she couldn't find her teacher, Mrs Schaefer. Mrs. Schaefer has been really sweet to us since hearing about Gracie last year. So we were beyond excited that she got her for a teacher! I talked with her on the phone later and she told me the same thing Gracie had, and that she did well the rest of the time! I was so glad and relieved to hear she had a good day. She seemed so much bigger to me when she got home and was telling me all about her day. WE are SO proud of her. Kindergarten is such a big milestone for anyone, but especially for her! We feel so blessed.

Von was so excited to see the girls when they got off the bus. He isn't sure he likes being the only one home.

This is Gracie today on her 2nd day of school. Excited and ready to go back!! :)


  1. This post makes me so happy that I am wiping away tears as I type this. I am so happy for all of you.

  2. So happy school is going well so far! She looks beautiful!! Love you all

  3. She is such a different little girl than I have even seen a few months ago. Her hair is longer, she smiles all the time and is getting more meat on her bones. I love it! Will she have diabetes the rest of her life then? I was thinking if was a side effect during her treatments. Hope she has a good rest of the year! Dylan started K this year too!

  4. Oh, I have tears reading this. I am so happy for you. How wonderful that she had a good day and that the school is willing to help her when she needs it!