Honored Kid

Gracie C.

Age 9
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Forest grove , OR, US



Date of Diagnosis

May 2016


Cancer free

Treated At

Doernbecher Children's Hospital

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My Story

May 16th, 2016 Gracie was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that grows on the Retina.  A few days after her diagnosis the  oncologist was unsure if they could save Gracie's eye and referred to see a specialist in Philadelphia at the Wills Eye Hospital. May 31st, 2016 we met with Dr. Shield in Philadelphia she discovered that Gracie had stage E which was the worst, her entire eye was filled with tumors and glaucoma. The tumors were on her optical nerve which means that the cancer could spread seeds into the rest of her body. Dr. Shield said that her eye needed to come out immediately, she told us to "prepare for surgery tomorrow". June 1st, 2016 Gracie's eye was removed in Philadelphia.  Few days after surgery we flew back to Oregon. Dr. Shield told us they would call us in 1-2 weeks to let us know if she would need Chemo. 16 days later we got the call saying Gracie needed to start Chemo. Gracie finished her Chemo and is currently Cancer Free. Her  genetic testing came back inconclusive  so Gracie  goes for monthly exams under Anastasia until age of five. 

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