Grace came into this world 14 weeks early and weighing only 2 pounds. After months of special medical care, her parents had hoped their hospitals days were over. Then, when she was 5, Grace began to experience intense headaches that were often followed by spells of vomiting. She was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just a few weeks into kindergarten. She underwent surgery to remove the brain tumor, followed by high-intensity proton beam radiation and nine months of chemotherapy.
Grace is now 12 years old and cancer free. Her iconic red hair has grown back, and she carries the strength and determination that she fought cancer with wherever she goes. Her teachers say she’s a bright, creative student who has overcome many obstacles on her way to a promising future. Grace loves animals and she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up — as well as a firefighter, a hairstylist, and a mom.
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Grace is one of five St. Baldrick’s Foundation 2014 Ambassadors, representing the thousands of kids touched by cancer each year. Learn about how you can help children with cancer just like Grace.