Patient Stories

Sawyer

Sawyer

On November 26, 2018, everything changed in nine-year-old Sawyer's life. The school nurse called his mom concerned by a jaundiced hue to his skin. After a few days of pediatrician visits, a high fever, and extreme lethargy, Sawyer was admitted to the...

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Sophie

Sophie

Sophie Gil wasn’t sure what was happening. As a sophomore in high school, she and her doctor knew that some headaches and nausea could be a normal part of puberty. But something just didn’t seem right, and Sophie’s symptoms got worse. She started see...

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Julia Cate

Julia Cate

Julia Cate just turned four years old. She enjoyed a Paw Patrol birthday cake decorated in pink and turquoise icing—it even had a lavender belt. Friends sent their birthday wishes and love over Facebook, which isn’t all that uncommon during the COVID...

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Christian

Christian

Christian graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio this May — though "from" may not be the perfect word since Christian, like thousands of others, officially graduated at home, his ceremony canceled in the wake of the novel coronavirus. ...

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Laila

Laila

When Laila was just nine months old, doctors diagnosed her with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). After chemotherapy, it became clear that Laila required a bone marrow transplant during the holiday season of 2018.

“Laila had to be away from her siste...

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Addyson

Addyson

In October 2018, Ericha Williams noticed that her young daughter, Addyson, was sleeping an unusually large amount. She also began to notice unexplained bruises on her daughter's body. After a few days of doctor's appointments and blood work in search...

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Hala

Hala

Just a month before her high school graduation, Hala Shaath was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia.

“Instead of preparing for finals, graduation, and college applications like everyone else,” Hala said, “I was worrying about my treatment and t...

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Where Are They Now: DannyRan

Where Are They Now: DannyRan

When DannyRan Matthews goes to the beach, you might just mistake him for a fish. His mom can hardly coax him out of the water. From the first early-morning moment when he climbs out of his tent on the shore, ten-year-old DannyRan just wants to explor...

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Where Are They Now: Jailyne

Where Are They Now: Jailyne

Stage four Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma interrupted Jailyne’s senior year of high school. Suddenly, in addition to a life full of classes, band practices, and preparing for college, Jailyne was forced to endure pokes, prods, and acute illness. Jailyne miss...

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Where Are They Now: Nick

Where Are They Now: Nick

In May of 2017, senior in high school Nick Garrett crossed the stage at Searcy High School in Searcy, Arkansas. Robe flowing and cap donned, Nick, surrounded by similarly dressed classmates, received his diploma in the high school auditorium. But thi...

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Where Are They Now: Jazzalyn

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

Where Are They Now: Colten

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 other people had the same condition as Colten—Con...

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Where Are They Now: Briana

Where Are They Now: Briana

The body fascinates Briana. As a junior Applied Movement Science major at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Briana took classes like “Theory of Human Performance” and “Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement.” She conditioned her body through we...

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Kynadi

Kynadi

When Kynadi was just two weeks old, doctors became concerned. Kynadi appeared to have Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited condition in which the body lacks sufficient healthy red blood cells to ensure enough oxygen. Rather than being whole and round, si...

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Thankful for the Past and Looking Forward to the Future: An Update from Matthew, HGF Scholarship Recipient

Thankful for the Past and Looking Forward to the Future: An Update from Matthew, HGF Scholarship Recipient

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

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Hendrix

Hendrix

Watch Jon 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

Briana

In March 2014, Briana 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, The ...

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Canaan

Canaan

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

Chloe

Chloe Rodriguez was diagnosed with leukemia as a young girl and learned that her leukemia had returned in the Spring of 2010. She was so upset by the news, but even then she looked for a silver lining — dyeing her brown her blonde and pink before lo...

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Jailyne

Jailyne

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

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Jazzalyn

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

Joshua

Joshua was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. He began exhibiting symptoms like pain crisis, which feels like a stabbing, at 18 months old. The crises are sporadic, can occur without notice, and can last for as long as two-and-a-half weeks. In addition to...

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A Scholarship Story: Matthew

A Scholarship Story: Matthew

We are delighted to present a portion of Matthew'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 to ha...

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Nolan

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. By by the time Nolan's fifth birthday arrived, seemingly endless biopsies and blood transfusions had no...

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Rami

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 fou...

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The Boggan Family

The Boggan Family

After 8 months of tests, life-threatening sickness and searching for answers, a 10- month-old named Kate was diagnosed with Congential Amegakaryocytic Thrombctopenia (CAMT), an extremely rare form of bone marrow failure. During Kate’s treatment and t...

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When Patients Give Back: Zachs Story

When Patients Give Back: Zach's Story

Zach 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 the summer to assisting His Grace Foundation with a number of volunteer activities like welcome basket ...

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