Help in Grits fight

Shortly before Christmas Nolan and Laura Henderson took their 3- month- old son Grit to the hospital due to dehydration and flu like symptoms.  After a thorough evaluation Grit has been diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma . While doctors have seen this type of cancer before, Grit is only the second 3- month- old on record ever to be diagnosed with this soft tissue mass on the prostate.

Following 4 procedures at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, including 3 overnight stays with Grit, he was transferred to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital in Memphis where mom will be staying with him for the entire duration of Grits treatment. Due to his weak immune system and chemotherapy Grit will not be able to travel home during treatment. We do know that the first round of chemotherapy will last for 3 months followed by radiation and surgery lasting up to a year.  St Jude's has moved the family to long- term housing on the St. Judes campus where they will be staying.  This will be a life changing year in the Henderson family with thousands of miles driven and living in a new surrounding away from family and friends.

While they have been blessed to be accepted into St Jude’s program which will cover the majority of the medical procedures done at their hospital, there are still many unexpected costs. All of the family vacation was used up during maternity/paternity leave when Grit was born. The faculty of Free State High School, where both Nolan and Laura work, and teachers from other Lawrence schools have generously donated additional leave but not nearly enough to cover the amount of time Laura will need to be by Grit's side while he undergoes treatment. This leaves the family with only one source of income for much of this time.

Please help by donating to Grit's fight and ease a little of the stress the Henderson family is enduring.
  • Aaron Furtek 
    • $15 
    • 18 mos
  • Aurora Mendoza Perry 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Terry Carrington 
    • $25 
    • 38 mos
  • Amanda&Kevin Veith 
    • $1,000 
    • 41 mos
  • Dallien Holtkamp 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Brent Wood 
Lawrence, KS
Nolan Henderson