I’m going to ask you to take a minute and picture seven-year-old Grace McGrath. Wait . . . don’t Google her – yet. Because if you do you’ll likely come across the words “aggressive brain tumor” and “inoperable” and “inability to walk and talk.” You would read the words “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.” Those words may overwhelm the picture. They are hard and unforgiving.
And they are part of Grace’s story. But what I want you to picture is a sweet smile so wide it forces you to do the same when you see it. I want you to imagine a sun-kissed child with long, golden brown hair. I want you to absorb the energetic spirit of a little girl who was an artist and a runner and a dancer. Seven-year-old Grace dreamed of being a veterinarian so that she could take care of animals from hamsters to dolphins.
The loving, positive nature of Grace McGrath is significant because that incredible energy fuels the upcoming NC Race Against The Odds. On Saturday, May 7th we have the opportunity to be part of an event that actively transforms a devastating illness into hope and change for those who may face a cancer diagnosis in the future. The Soar with Grace Foundation, created by Grace’s parents Sean and Jennifer McGrath after her passing in 2010, has partnered with The Cure Starts Now Foundation to raise funds for groundbreaking research at institutions nationwide, including Duke Children’s hospital.
This legacy of hope and healing is further magnified by a “homerun” approach which funds research into those specific cancers that hold the most promise for informing a total cure for all forms of cancer. So far, these efforts have provided 6.7 million in brain cancer research.
Please be a part of this amazing event! The 5th annual NC Race Against the Odds will begin at Weddington United Methodist Church at 8am on May 7th. Visit the Soar With Grace website to learn more about Grace McGrath and this event. Online registration ends on the 3rd and then Friday, May 6, 2016 3:00 to 7:00 PM - Packet pick-up and Late Registration available at the Charlotte Running Company at Promenade on Providence. Or they can register the day of the event. For more information and to register click here.
Bess Kercher, M.A. explores the reality of motherhood in her MomsCharlotte blog "A Few Good Moms...Can You Handle the Truth?" Bess lives in Charlotte with her husband and two sons. You can read more of her writing at www.maemucho.com.