Grace's Medical Fund
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My name is Klay and I started this campaign because one of my son’s closest friends and classmates Grace Davidson, who suffered for weeks in and out of the ER with high fevers and no definitive answer, is now fighting a life threatening blood infection that is attacking her organs.
Hola, mi nombre es Klay y empecé esta campaña porque una compañera de clases y buena amiga de mi hijo, Grace Davidson, ha estado las últimas semanas sufriendo con mucha fiebre sin que le den un diagnostico definitivo. Después de muchos viajes a la sala de emergencia, sin respuesta, ahora se encuentra en la sala de cuidado intensivo ya que se le ha diagnosticado una infección en la sangre la cual está atacando sus órganos vitales, poniendo a Grace en un estado de vida y muerte.
Grace is not unlike my child or your child. Grace is beautiful and creative, exceptional and kind. She’s the girl standing next to your son or daughter in the class photo, the one who handed you a drawing of a giant smiling happy face one day after school. Grace is the friend without whom the story of your child’s day is incomplete.
Grace es una niña como muchos otros niňos/as de su edad. Ella es una niña excepcionalmente creativa y buena. Es de esas niñas que siempre tiene una sonrisa para todos y hace amigos rápidamente. Le encanta dibujar y es muy generosa con sus creaciones las cuales las comparte con todos los que la conocen, y es muy típico recibir al final de clases una carita feliz con una sonrisa gigante. Me pongo a reflexionar que la descripción de cómo le fue a tu hijo/a en la escuela es incompleta sin la presencia de la energía de Gracie, como le llaman sus amigos.
Alison is Grace’s mom. When Alison is not working to support herself and Grace she is volunteering in the classroom or the school garden or anywhere help is needed. She’s inviting your kids over to play or being that much needed shoulder to lean on and is always there to listen. Alison will take you in to her heart and let you stay as long as you need; she’s just that kind of friend.
Alison, es la mamá de Gracie. Ella siempre está dispuesta a apoyar como voluntaria en todos los eventos de la escuela cuando su trabajo lo permite, ya que debe de mantener a Grace. Es común mirarla en cualquier actividad, ya sea en el jardín, en la cocina, de chaperon, y en lo que se le pida. Ella es ese apoyo que te brinda su espacio invitando a tus hijos a pasar un rato en su casa después de escuela. Cuando ocupas un apoyo, ella está allí, dispuesta a brindarte su corazón y te escucha. Siempre puedes contar con ella. Es una buena amiga en toda la extensión de la palabra.
It’s with a very heavy heart that I write this request but now Alison and Grace need our support to help lift some of the terrible burdens they are faced with.
Es por eso que con mucho dolor, me encuentro escribiendo esta petición pero es ahora el momento en el que Alison y Grace nos necesitan para que la comunidad, a la que ellas tanto han apoyado, se una a ayudarles con la carga emocional y financiera que ellas están enfrentando.
After several long days of treatments, biopsies and bone marrow tests, the doctors (they are working with teams around the country) have been able to rule out Lymphoma. However, Grace has been diagnosed with a very serious, life threatening disease called HLH. Among other medical therapies, she has begun treatment with steroids and chemotherapy.
Doctors are still working to determine what type of HLH she is dealing with. Just yesterday Grace was moved out of the ICU to a new care unit where she will stay for the foreseeable future. When she pulls through, she will be facing a long recovery period.
Thank you so much!
¡Mil gracias por su apoyo!
Let’s come together and celebrate the beautiful spirit of Grace. We will remember her enormous capacity for art, friendship, love and her courage as she takes flight.
“When I get out of here, I’m going to have the biggest party with more Kombucha than you can imagine” –– Grace
We will honor her wish on July 23, 2017, 5:30-9pm
Scott School 6700 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97218
(Soccer field and covered area, enter on the NE 66th)
All are welcome; please bring chairs or blankets to sit on.
“love can not be learned or taught, love comes as Grace” –– Rumi
Tragically, we lost Grace on the evening of Thursday June 15, 2017. She passed away peacefully at her home with her mother and father by her side.
A champion level fighter at the age of 8, Grace met her illness with the purest kind of bravery. Unhindered by despair, she stubbornly faced every day and every challenge with the loving optimism only a child can have.
As a community in mourning and unspeakable heartbreak we are driven to seek comfort in each other, in the part of us that knew Grace, sharing our stories and finding that Grace’s strength remains with us now and forever.
My solemn and most humble gratitude for being a shining example of love and support for Grace, Alison, Adam and all who are touched by this tragedy.
I hope that you will continue to be those much needed pillars of strength for those in need.
Thank you for finding a place for Grace in your heart. If you should ever wonder where she went you need not look any further than there.
Grace continues to bravely face many challenges and too few days out of the hospital - working toward the day when she can get her bone marrow transplant.
Alison, Adam, all the family, friends and the community remain hopeful, strong and supportive. This Friday, the Scott school community (Grace's school) will host a potluck fundraiser and BetheMatch.org persists in the search for Grace's perfect match.
Please visit facebook to get more info on this Friday's Potluck and please join us if you can -
all are welcome.
And please use this link to register for the bone marrow donor database:
Have a great night!
Dear Alison, We live across the road from Ellie and Dean. Last Summer put some speakers and a mic on our front deck. All the kids spent the day singing and dancing. Little Grace so badly wanted to get up there and do her thing, but she was hesitant at first. Ellie told her that she would go up onto the deck with her, so Grace went ahead and sang her first song, holding tightly to Ellie and in a beautiful soft voice. When she was finished she looked absolutely delighted! A little while later she wanted to sing again, this time she sang on her own, and Ellie stood beside her. The next time Ellie stood at the top of the steps, and for the next song Ellie was down on the lawn with Dean, sitting in chairs and watching Grace from below. Watching Grace blossom like this, in such a short time, really touched me, and kind of blew me away. By the fourth or fifth song she was belting it out, closing her eyes, she was truly in her element. Such a brave and beautiful child. Another little story I remember - I had been telling the children on our block for weeks that I would do face-painting at our block party. I'm not sure who was more excited, the kids or me! Anyway, I got stuck inside for the first part of the party making burgers and when I came out I didn't realise that Grace had brought all HER face-painting supplies. Instead of getting upset, she was the first child over to me to have her fairy face painted on. I didn't even realise that she was doing painting too until I noticed some of the other children already had paint on. She is such a wonderful little girl, so gentle and kind, but also courageous and strong. I have to believe that she will get through this health battle. We will have the sound equipment back again in June and I can't wait to see her up there, singing her heart out. Sending you strength, hope and luck, Aoife and Dave xxx
The Zimmermans have your back and will keep boosting the signal. Talked with Dean this morning and if there's anything we can do, he knows where to find us. We've been down this road with my Goddaughter so somewhat know the score. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. jcz