CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A few days ago 14-year-old Grace Haynes posted something on Facebook that caught attention. Her words were powerful.
"I have cancer, childhood cancer. I'm too busy being sick to leave the house. I spend most of my days in a hospital room getting poked by needles and poison pumped into my body, only to find out that the poison is no longer killing my cancer, but instead killing me."
Here's another excerpt:
"I would rather be a normal kid with a normal life and do normal things… ...that is just not my reality. It's not a reality for many of the children I have met. We need to help make it a reality for those kids again so I encourage you to not only bring awareness but to actually try and make a change."
Hmmm…. Not just awareness, but ACTION?
I love the thought, Grace.
Grace should be at William A. Hough High School in the 9th grade, but her last scans showed chemo was no longer working. Instead of going to school, Grace went to Atlanta to explore different drug trials. Her mom, Yvonne Nagle, says it's still unclear whether Grace will be eligible for one of the clinical trials they looked into.
No matter how that turns out, Grace says she excited about an upcoming event on October 17th. A 5k run/walk is being held in her honor. It will be at Grand Oak Elementary. Starts at 9am.
Grace wants to be there, which is why she's holding this "KIC Race for AMAZING GRACE" flyer.
It stands for "Kiss it Cancer, Race for Amazing Grace".
More info/registration >> http://www.teamamazinggrace.com/race
Hang in there, Grace. Stay fierce and keep writing. Pour it out. Truthful words can be healing.