meet the faces of GRACE:

survivors and warriors grace has helped!


The cook family

“Terry was diagnosed in February 2019 with Mantle cell lymphoma. We were struggling with the extra bills. We really didn't know where to turn. I filled out an application for Grace Cancer Foundation and turned it in. We made an appointment with Sarah. She let us know that we were not alone. Terry told his story, from then on we had Grace to help us fight this battle - and it is a battle. Treatment is hard on Terry, but we know Sarah, Stacia and Grace is with us to help lessen our burden of travel expenses for treatment and for the relief of extra bills. Terry is still battling cancer, praying for remission as we are all praying for it too. Grace is a blessing to those affected by this disease. With Dr. Copur, Grace, Nurses and prayers how can we not win. Thank you Grace and all the people who make help available with fundraisers to keep it possible. From my heart THANK YOU!” - Terry Cook


The opbroek Family

“GRACE is an amazing foundation that stands out from the others. The financial assistance they provided for my dad, relieved some stress for us while battling this horrible disease. Sarah’s support is outstanding when helping the cancer patients family make financial decisions with hospitals. Her responsive communication and flexibility is top-notch. GRACE supports in ways that patients and families didn’t think were possible until GRACE came into their life. To all current and future cancer patients, fight for strength while battling, and know that GRACE is there to support you! Thank you GRACE and all your donors for taking on a “portion” of the battle.” - Scott Opbroek & daughter Chelsey


the bachle family

“In March of 2011, my husband was diagnosed with glioblastoma stage 4 brain cancer. The Grace Cancer Foundation gave our family a gas card that we used when traveling back and forth to UNMC for appointments. You don't really think about travel costs with cancer, but they can really add up and that gas card was really a lot of help. Another great thing was that someone involved with the Grace Cancer Foundation reached out to us to see if we could use some assistance. It is truly so hard to ask for help sometimes! THANK YOU for the support!!” - Becky Bachle

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The leonard family

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2018. I had a lumpectomy and Sentinel node removed in December of 2018. I started chemo in February of 2019, and had 4 treatments. A month after my last chemo treatment, I started radiation. I am currently doing treatments Monday through Friday, for a total of 34. I was referred to the Grace Cancer Foundation by Abbie Hassett, who told me about all they do for people with cancer. I thought it would be hard to ask for help from them, but they made it so easy. They have helped me with gas cards and paying some of my bills while I was on short-term disability. I don't know what I would have done without there help. I want to thank GOD for bringing GRACE into my life when I needed them most. Thank you all so much.” - Holly Leonard


The Yebra Family

"GRACE Cancer Foundation has helped my family and I in so many different ways. They are the reason why I have a smile on my face and HOPE. I don't know what I would have done without their help. There were times I felt hopeless, knowing that I couldn't work due to my breast cancer coming back the second time. My kids are my world. Having food in their bellies was the most important to me and there came the help of GRACE Cancer Foundation. There were times I felt ugly, but in the eyes of GRACE Cancer Foundation, I was beautiful. GRACE Cancer Foundation is full of wonderful people who care so much about people who have cancer. To me, they are my angels!" - Maria Yebra


The Gideon Family

"GRACE Cancer Foundation was very important to my family during Heather's battle with breast cancer. Helping local cancer patients when they need it most - that's what makes GRACE so special." - Matt Gideon


The calderon family

"Last summer I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t know what to do, but through all this confusion, sadness and hopelessness, the Cancer Treatment Center told me about GRACE Cancer Foundation. I struggled a lot because I always like to do things on my own and I don’t like to ask for help, but it was necessary because my treatment was so strong some days I can’t even work. GRACE Cancer Foundation helped when I can’t pay some of my bills, they have been there for me and for other people who need some help. They do a lot for our community. I just want to say thank you GRACE Cancer Foundation for all the things you’ve done for me and showing me that there are people like you in this world." - Carmen Calderon

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The sybrandts Family

"When Katelyn, now 8 years old, was diagnosed with Ependymoblastoma at the age of 4, GRACE Cancer Foundation was there for our family when we needed it the most. We were making multiple trips back and forth from Omaha for in-patient hospital stays, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. GRACE Cancer Foundation helped with gas cards for our family. We can't thank GRACE Cancer Foundation and the community of Grand Island enough for their support for cancer patients. Cancer knows no boundaries and you never know when it is going to affect your family. When you need it most, GRACE is there to help support in any way they can! We are happy to report that Katelyn has been in remission for 3 years and continues to get yearly scans and will for the rest of her life. We are looking forward to the day when she is cancer free! Thank you GRACE!" - Brian & Stacy Sybrandts


The slattery family

"I am filled with gratitude and praise for GRACE, and am impressed by the stellar vision of its founders, Julie and Lisa, for the need for this organization in our community.

My first cancer diagnosis was thyroid cancer in 2006, on my 20th wedding anniversary. I underwent surgery to remove my thyroid, and received radioactive iodine treatment. This treatment will get rid of cancer the first time around for about 80% of patients. Unfortunately, I fell into the other 20% category, and had another surgery and more treatment a year later. In 2015, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The month of December 2015 was spent in Omaha at the UNMC, receiving treatment and a stem cell transplant. There is no cure for multiple myeloma. The hope is that continued treatment, which includes a daily chemo pill, will allow me to remain in remission.

Cancer is stressful… physically, emotionally, and financially. The help provided to us by GRACE Cancer Foundationallowed us to focus a little less on medical bills, and a lot more on where it was needed… getting through this journey. I am blessed to have such a great support system, beginning with God. I will always be grateful to my family and friends, great medical staff, and of course the Grace Foundation for the love and support that I have received along the way. I cannot thank you enough. God bless you." - Dan Slattery


The fossberg family

"After over 7 years of dating, Brad and I were married October 10, 2009. We loved to travel, laugh and have fun, spend time with family, friends and each other. Napping was always a highlight...Brad always said there was no such thing as a bad nap. Brad was diagnosed with cancer a few days after our 4th anniversary in 2013. Shortly after the diagnosis, Julie Pfeifer and Lisa Willman took Brad to lunch. Not sure what all they talked about, but Brad had great things to say. He was given a medal for the patron saint of his cancer and some help for us from GRACE Cancer Foundation. Brad and I chose not to know a "prognosis" or "read up" on his cancer. Brad suffered, but I don't think he ever let me know how much. We still lived our life together. He even told Dr. Ramaekers he thought he had a good quality of life. We did some short trips to spend time with family. 13 days before our 5th anniversary, Brad passed away. It wasn't until after he was gone that I found out the prognosis. Brad outlived his prognosis by 6 to 9 months. Julie, Lisa and GRACE Cancer Foundation were with us, praying for us, ready to help the whole time. After Brad was gone, they still were there to help and offer support. Brad was a fan of GRACE Cancer Foundation even before the cancer. He believed in the cause and did a stint of emceeing "Dancing with the Stars". We never thought we would need GRACE Cancer Foundation, but fortunately for us, they were there to help us and so many others. GRACE's love for cancer patients and survivors is stronger every day and always present. We are so lucky they are there for so many and they were there for Brad....and me. Thank you!" - Jeannee Mueller Fossberg


The larchick family

"GRACE Cancer Foundation has been there for my family to help with all the burdens I thought I would not be able to get through - saving my home, car, and helping us with food and gas and major bills that we would not have been able to do. You are our guardian angels!" - Maggie Larchick