meet the faces of grace: survivors and warriors grace has helped!
The Yebra Family
"The GRACE 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 the GRACE Foundation. There were times I felt ugly, but in the eyes of the GRACE Foundation, I was beautiful. The GRACE 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
"The GRACE 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 the GRACE 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 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 Foundation for all the things you’ve done for me and showing me that there are people like you in this world." - Carmen Calderon
The sybrandts Family
"When Katelyn, now 8 years old, was diagnosed with Ependymoblastoma at the age of 4, the GRACE 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. The GRACE Foundation helped with gas cards for our family. We can't thank the GRACE 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 the GRACE Foundation allowed 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 the GRACE 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 the GRACE 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 the GRACE 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 the GRACE 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 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