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Where Are They Now: Jazzalyn


“Our story started at seven days old with long nights and days,” said Patsy Garza. Those seven first days of life belong to her niece, Jazzalyn, who was born with a disorder called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Seven remains an important n...
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Where Are They Now: Colten Collier


When Colten Collier was just nine months old, a doctor discovered that his platelet count was abnormally low. It would take over three years to uncover the reason why. In all the world, just 100 or so others had the same condition as Colten—Congenita...
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Where Are They Now: Briana Donis


Briana Donis is fascinated by the body. As a junior Applied Movement Science major at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Briana takes classes like “Theory of Human Performance” and “Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement.” She conditions her bod...
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Thankful for the Past and Looking Forward to the Future: An Update from Matt Hogan, HGF Scholarship Recipient


In 2017, His Grace Foundation had the honor of giving a college scholarship to former bone marrow transplant patient Matthew Hogan through the His Grace Foundation Holly A. Hardy Educational Support and Scholarship Fund. We recently had the joy of ca...
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Hendrix


Watch Jon Justice share the story of his family's experience with their son Hendrix, the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and His Grace Foundation.

https://vimeo.com/281989363
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Briana Donis


In March 2014, Briana Donis was enjoying the ideal year for a high school senior. She was in the top 5% of her graduating class, had been elected homecoming queen of Mayde Creek High School and, best of all, had just been accepted to her dream school...
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Canaan Arnold


Our Little Hero by Rebeckah Arnold

On January 4th, 2008, my husband and I welcomed a beautiful baby boy into this world. We were all so happy. It wasn't until 4 months later that we became concerned about our son Canaan. He wasn't growing like he ...
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Chloe Rodriguez


Chloe Rodriguez was diagnosed with leukemia as a young girl and was given the heartbreaking news that her leukemia had returned in Spring of 2010. She was so upset by the news, but even then looked for a silver lining--dying her brown her blonde and...
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Jailyne


As a senior in high school, musician, and college hopeful, Jailyne received news no one wants to receive-she had Stage Four Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After several rounds of chemotherapy, Jailyne's oncologist recommended a bone marrow transplant. As sh...
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Jazzalyn


When the results from Jazzalyn's prenatal screening came in, her family immediately knew something was wrong. Several days and tests later, they learned that Jazzalyn had Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Within Jazzalyn's first week of life, ...
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Joshua Jules


Joshua Jules was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. He began exhibiting symptoms at 18 months. These symptoms consisted of pain crisis, which feels like a stabbing, lasting 5 days - 2.5 weeks. The crises are sporadic and can occur without notice. In addit...
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A Scholarship Story: Matthew Hogan


We are delighted to present a portion of Matthew Hogan's Scholarship Application (reprinted with permission). Matthew is a former BMTU patient who attends Texas A&M University and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His Grace Foundation is honored...
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Nolan


Nolan Naranjo was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia (bone marrow failure) in September 2011. He was only four years old when he was diagnosed and by the time his fifth birthday arrived, seemingly endless biopsies and blood transfusions had not st...
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Rami


When he was two years old, superhero-loving Rami faced his greatest foe—Acute Lympoblastic Leukemia. Rami decided that chemotherapy was his superpower, and he fought valiantly with his allies of family and friends alongside him.

When Rami was four...
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The Boggan Family


After 8 months of tests, life-threatening sickness and searching for answers, a 10- month-old named Kate Boggan was diagnosed with Congential Amegakaryocytic Thrombctopenia (CAMT), an extremely rare form of bone marrow failure. During Kate’s tre...
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When Patients Give Back: Zach's Story


This is Zach Castine, who received a bone marrow transplant at age 3 for Wiscott-Aldrich Syndrome.

And then, over a decade later, Zach devoted 3-4 hours a week over a summer to assisting His Grace Foundation with a number of volunteer activities l...
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