In September 2017, Grace was honored to swim the mile at Lake Lanier to raise money for her treating clinic/hospital (Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) and for the incredible people who helped her throughout the 4 years that she lived with osteosarcoma. As Grace told a crowd of people at the 2017 Atlanta Open Water event, her disease known as osteosaromca planned to take her life. And it did. On March 25th of 2018 to be exact. But it did not take her hope or the hope of her family and friends.
Grace hoped that she would be the top national fundraiser in 2018, and guess what? She was! She also hoped that her presence and spirit would be felt by all of us at the 2018 event - she told us that even though we might not be able to see her, she would definitely be at Lake Lanier on September 22nd. And guess what? She was!
Just like Grace, we continue to be hopeful that by working together, we can change the future of other young (and old) people like Grace who are diagnosed with cancer. As Grace stated, 'Although all of the Open Water Atlanta SAA events in September will have a finish line, guess what doesn't? Hope. Hope has no finish line.'
We plan to continue to honor Grace's beautiful life by swimming each year at Lake Lanier in the SAA Open Water event. We hope you will join us!